Point de presse de M. Laurent Fabius avec son homologue égyptien – Paris, 2 septembre 2014

 

PARIS, France, 1er septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ COMMUNIQUÉ TECHNIQUE

M. Laurent Fabius, ministre des affaires étrangères et du développement international, recevra M. Sameh Shroukry, ministre égyptien des Affaires étrangères, le 2 septembre au Quai d’Orsay.

 

Un point de presse conjoint est prévu à l’issue de la rencontre. Les journalistes, photographes et cameramen intéressés sont invités à se présenter, munis de leur carte de presse, à partir de 14h10, à l’entrée située au 1 rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie, Paris 7e (face à l’aérogare des Invalides).

 

N.B. : Ce communiqué ne constitue en aucune manière une annonce officielle. L’information qui est donnée ci-dessus est de nature strictement technique et ne vise qu’à aider le travail des journalistes.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Avenport Investment prend une participation stratégique dans Coco Up Ltd, le leader mauricien de l’eau de coco fraiche, et crée onlyone life

 

Avenport Investment confirme son ambition de créer un pôle “food” spécialisé dans les produits frais

 

PORT-LOUIS, Maurice, 1er septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Avenport Investment (http://www.avenport.com) annonce ce jour avoir pris une participation stratégique dans Coco Up Ltd, le leader mauricien de l’eau de coco fraiche.

 

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Déjà propriétaire de Samoa Water, la marque mythique d’eau artésienne des iles Samoa, distribuée aux Etats Unis par Pepsi et après avoir investi dans une ferme laitière à Salazie et créée la marque de lait frais Mia, Avenport Investment confirme son ambition de créer un pôle “food” spécialisé dans les produits frais.

 

Pour Eric Sériès, chairman d’Avenport: “Coco Up est une petite entreprise mauricienne qui a un très fort potentiel de développement à l’export. Arnaud Dalais, son fondateur, est un véritable entrepreneur et son atavisme familiale pour les bons produits et la qualité, se reflètent dans Coco Up. Le marché mondial de l’eau de coco en bouteille est en forte croissance car les consommateurs souhaitent des produits frais et meilleurs pour la santé. Il suffit de constater les difficultés rencontrées par le marché des boissons gazeuses aux Etats Unis et en Europe pour comprendre qu’une révolution pour une vie plus saine est en marche.

 

Afin de capitaliser sur notre ambition de créer un pôle alimentaire spécialisée dans les produits frais haut de gamme, nos investissements dans Samoa Water, Mia Milk, Coco Up et Tartinery la chaîne de restaurants à New York dont nous sommes actionnaires avec Alicia Rountree, sont regroupés sous le nom “onlyone life.”

 

Arnaud Dalais a dit: “La clé pour Coco Up était de trouver un partenaire stratégique qui non seulement va permettre à Coco Up de développer son projet, mais aussi de faire connaitre la marque en Europe, en Asie et aux Etats Unis. Avenport nous a déjà permis d’ouvrir le marché français avec un positionnement résolument haut de gamme chez Colette et nous sommes en discussion avec de nombreux palaces hôteliers à Paris. Nous espérons ouvrir Londres, Hong Kong et Singapour avant la fin de l’année.”

 

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Avenport Investment Group.

 

 

Contact:

Avenport Investment Group

info@avenport.com

 

A propos d’Avenport Investment

 

Avenport Investment (http://www.avenport.com) est un groupe familial mauricien qui détient des participations à l’international dans des secteurs variés tels que le transport, l’agriculture, l’environnement, le sport, l’immobilier et les nouvelles technologies. 

 

SOURCE 

Avenport Investment Group


 

République Démocratique du Congo – Nord Kivu / Après l’évasion d’une de ses collègues, MSF appelle à l’aide pour retrouver les trois autres membres de son équipe enlevés il y a plus d’un an.

 

PARIS, France, 1er septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Chantal, l’une des quatre membres de l’équipe MSF enlevée au Nord Kivu, a été retrouvée saine et sauve vendredi 29 août. Plus de treize mois après la disparition de ses collègues, MSF demeure toujours sans nouvelles de Philippe, Richard et Romy. MSF continue ses recherches et lance un nouvel appel à tous ceux qui ont autorité pour aider à leur libération.

C’est avec joie et une profonde émotion que les membres de MSF ont appris l’évasion de Chantal Kaghoma Vulinzole, enlevée avec trois de ses collègues le 11 juillet 2013 pendant l’attaque de Kamango attribuée au groupe armé des ADF Nalu. Infirmière originaire de Goma, Chantal faisait partie de l’équipe d’urgence disparue au cours d’une mission d’évaluation des structures sanitaires menée par MSF sur le territoire de Béni.

 

Après plus de treize mois de captivité dans des conditions difficiles, Chantal a réussi à s’enfuir à la faveur des opérations militaires menées en brousse contre les ADF Nalu. Affaiblie et amaigrie, notre collègue a été retrouvée vendredi et ramenée saine et sauve à Béni par les Forces armées congolaises.

 

« Pour sa famille, pour ses amis et pour tous ses collègues, c’est un immense soulagement de la savoir en vie et à nouveau parmi nous, réagit Mégo Terzian, Président de MSF. Nous voulons croire aussi au retour de nos trois autres collègues, dont nous sommes toujours sans nouvelles. Nous pensons à leur famille, et à tous les otages. Nous ne vous oublions pas. »

 

En dépit des efforts déployés et des ressources mobilisées, les pistes suivies en RDC et dans les pays limitrophes n’ont à ce jour pas permis à MSF d’entrer en relation avec les trois autres membres de son équipe congolaise. « Chantal était séparée de ses trois collègues et n’était plus en contact avec eux quand elle s’est enfuie, explique Benoît Leduc, coordinateur de la cellule de crise à Paris. Nous poursuivons désormais nos recherches dans un contexte où le groupe des ADF est disloqué, probablement désorganisé. »

 

A mesure que le temps passe, les portes s’ouvrent et se referment les unes après les autres, sans qu’il soit possible d’obtenir une preuve de vie ou un accès direct à ceux qui détiendraient nos collègues. « Des gens sont disposés à nous aider, souligne Benoît Leduc, mais à chaque fois qu’une démarche paraît sur le point d’aboutir, les interlocuteurs évoquent une entrave de dernière minute, ou l’on assiste à la volte-face de ceux qui auraient le pouvoir de libérer des otages. »

 

Plus d’un an après la disparition de ses collègues, MSF se réjouit du retour de Chantal et continue de se mobiliser pour retrouver Philippe, Richard et Romy. Face aux difficultés rencontrées, MSF réclame le concours de tous ceux qui détiennent des informations sur les membres de son équipe ou qui sont en mesure de l’aider à établir un contact avec eux. Afin de préserver la vie de tous les otages et d’apaiser la douleur des familles, MSF lance un appel à l’aide et demande à ceux qui les détiennent de les libérer au plus vite.

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


 

One MSF staff member returned, three still missing in DRC / After the escape of one of our abducted colleagues, MSF asks for help to find the three other members of our team who were taken more than a year ago

 

PARIS, France, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On Friday, August 29, Chantal, one of the four members of the MSF team abducted in North Kivu, was found unharmed. However, MSF remains with no news about our colleagues Philippe, Richard, and Romy more than 13 months after they disappeared. We continue our search and issue a new call to anyone who may be in a position to help with their release.

 

MSF members were deeply moved and delighted to learn of the escape of Chantal Kaghoma Vulinzole, who was kidnaped with three of her colleagues on July 11, 2013 during an attack on Kamango, blamed on the ADF-NALU. Chantal, a nurse originally from Goma, was a member of the emergency team that disappeared during a mission to evaluate the health facilities in Beni Territory.

 

After more than 13 months of captivity under difficult conditions, Chantal was able to flee and reach troops, taking advantage of military operations in the bush against the ADF-NALU. Our colleague was found, weak and thin, on Friday and was returned safely to Beni by Congolese armed forces.

 

“It is an immense relief for her family, her friends and all of her colleagues to know that she is alive and with us again,” said Mégo Terzian, President of MSF. “We also want to believe that our three other colleagues – about whom we have no information – will also return. We are thinking of their families and of all the hostages. We will not forget you.”

 

We have been unable to establish contact with the three other members of our Congolese team, despite our efforts, resources mobilised, and the trails we have followed in the DRC and neighbouring countries. “Chantal was separated from her three colleagues and was no longer in contact with them when she escaped,” explained Benoît Leduc, crisis cell coordinator in Paris. “Our search continues, with the ADF group now dispersed and, probably, disorganised.”

 

Over time, a series of doors has opened and closed but we have been unable to obtain proof of life or direct access to those holding our colleagues. “People are willing to help us, but each time we seem to be close, our contacts report a last-minute obstacle or the people who might have the power to free the hostages do an about-face,” said Leduc.

 

More than one year after our colleagues disappeared, MSF is thrilled that Chantal has returned. We continue our efforts to find Philippe, Richard, and Romy. Given the difficulties we have encountered, MSF calls for help from anyone with information on our team members or who can help us establish contact with them. To save the lives of all the hostages and ease their families’ pain, MSF is issuing a call for assistance and asks those holding the hostages to release them immediately.

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

Central African Republic: Renewed violence in capital and throughout the country

 

Central African Republic: Renewed violence in capital and throughout the country

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Although security had apparently been improving in Bangui, fighting between international forces and armed men erupted in the Kilometre 5 district of the capital on 19 and 20 August. Among the many casualties was a Central African Red Cross driver and first-aid worker who was shot and killed while evacuating casualties.

 

“Throughout the country, civilians continue to bear a heavy burden because of the conflict and reprisal attacks aimed directly at them,” said Jean-François Sangsue, head of the ICRC delegation in the Central African Republic. “Once again, we are calling on all parties to the conflict and on the international forces in the country to take all feasible measures to spare the civilian population and to facilitate the work of Red Cross personnel striving to help the people of the Central African Republic.”

 

Tensions remain high in the capital, and there are concerns that further incidents could take place. Many displaced people in areas near Kilometre 5, fearing reprisals, have taken refuge within the Church of the Holy Saviour, where conditions were already very difficult. Fear is also being felt by displaced people accommodated in the city’s Central Mosque, which is situated in the area where fighting took place.

 

Tensions are also very high in Bambari, where fighting in the middle of the city between two factions of the same armed group resulted in many casualties on 25 and 26 August. Civilians, already traumatized by clashes that occurred in July, are filled with fear and alarm. At this point it would appear very difficult for things to return to normal. Those who had only recently returned to their residences quickly turned back to the sites accommodating displaced people. The removal of injured people has been made difficult by the tenuous security situation. The ICRC did however manage to provide the city’s hospital with fuel to help it to provide care for the wounded and the sick.

 

“People who are wounded or sick, whether they be civilians or combatants, and regardless of which side they belong to, must be protected by the parties to the conflict,” said Mr Sangsue. “In addition, the wounded and the sick must be safely evacuated and treated.”

 

The city of Batangafo, in the north-western part of the country, remains paralysed. All economic activity has been at a standstill since clashes between armed groups and fighting involving multinational forces took place on 30 July. Even the farmers are without access to their fields. On 26 August, ICRC staff went to Farazala to assess the situation of people displaced from Batangafo and determine what their needs are and what kind of aid should be provided.

 

In Boda, 115 kilometres west of Bangui, inter-community violence that has shaken the city since 21 August has resulted in casualties and in the displacement of hundreds of people.

 

People in other cities of the Central African Republic, especially in the Kaga Bandoro and Bambari areas, continue to live in fear of being attacked by armed men.

 

“Our staff are striving to respond to the most urgent needs,” said Mr Sangsue. “In addition, we are maintaining a dialogue with everyone involved in the hostilities, and also with community and religious leaders, with the aim of raising awareness of – and improving adherence to – the basic principles of international humanitarian law.”

 

Between 7 July and 20 August, in cooperation with the Central African Red Cross Society, the ICRC:

 

● provided curative care for more than 7,000 patients in Bangui and in the Kaga Bandoro area, and performed more than 130 operations in Bangui;

 

● evacuated 15 sick people and transferred four patients from the country’s interior to Bangui’s Community Hospital;

 

● upgraded two health-care centres in the Kaga Bandoro area;

 

● supplied clean drinking water every day to more than 20,000 displaced people at Bangui’s airport, and also to more than 11,000 people in Kaga Bandoro and nearly 20,000 in Bambari;

 

● delivered clean drinking water every day to Ndélé and its hospital for more than 10,000 people;

 

● provided household essentials for more than 18,500 people;

 

● supplied food aid for almost 25,000 displaced people in Bangui, and for more than 400 displaced people on the road between Bambari and Ippy;

 

● reunited with other family members six children who had been separated from them by the conflict;

 

● raised awareness of the basic principles of international humanitarian law among more than 400 members of various weapon-bearing groups and among nearly 150 community and religious leaders.

 

In addition, ICRC staff visited 560 detainees to make sure that the treatment they were receiving and the conditions in which they were being held met international standards.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

République centrafricaine : regain de violence à Bangui et dans le reste du pays

 

République centrafricaine : regain de violence à Bangui et dans le reste du pays

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 1er septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Alors que les conditions de sécurité semblaient s’améliorer dans la ville de Bangui, des affrontements ont éclaté les 19 et 20 août dans le secteur du km 5, opposant les forces internationales à des hommes armés. Plusieurs personnes ont été tuées et de nombreuses autres blessées. Parmi les victimes figure un chauffeur-secouriste de la Société de la Croix-Rouge centrafricaine, touché par une balle alors qu’il procédait à l’évacuation de blessés.

 

« Dans tout le pays, les civils continuent de payer un lourd tribut au conflit et sont victimes d’actes de représailles qui les visent directement, déclare Jean-François Sangsue, chef de la délégation du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) en République centrafricaine. Une fois encore, nous lançons un appel à toutes les parties au conflit ainsi qu’aux forces internationales présentes dans le pays afin qu’elles fassent tout ce qui est en leur pouvoir pour épargner les civils et faciliter le travail du personnel de la Croix-Rouge qui s’emploie à venir en aide à la population centrafricaine. »

 

La tension reste vive dans la capitale et laisse craindre de nouveaux incidents. Par peur de subir des représailles, plusieurs personnes déplacées vivant dans des lieux proches du km 5 se sont réfugiées sur le site de l’église Saint-Sauveur, où la situation humanitaire était déjà très difficile. La peur est également palpable du côté des personnes déplacées à la Mosquée centrale, située dans le secteur où se sont déroulés les affrontements.

 

La tension est grande également à Bambari, où des combats en pleine ville entre deux factions d’un même groupe armé ont fait de nombreux morts et blessés les 25 et 26 août derniers. Les civils, déjà traumatisés par les affrontements de juillet dernier, vivent dans la peur et l’incertitude. À ce stade, tout retour à la normale semble très difficile. Ceux qui avaient regagné depuis peu leur domicile sont vite retournés sur les sites de déplacés. La précarité des conditions de sécurité rend difficile l’évacuation des blessés. Le CICR a néanmoins pu fournir du carburant à l’hôpital de la ville pour faciliter la prise en charge des blessés et des malades.

 

« Les personnes blessées et malades, civiles ou combattantes, quel que soit leur camp, doivent être protégées par les parties au conflit. Les blessés et les malades doivent en outre pouvoir être évacués et soignés en toute sécurité », insiste M. Sangsue.

 

La ville de Batangafo, dans le nord-ouest du pays, reste paralysée ; les activités économiques sont à l’arrêt depuis les heurts qui se sont produits entre groupes armés et les affrontements qui ont impliqué les forces multinationales, le 30 juillet dernier. Même les cultivateurs n’ont plus accès à leurs terres. Le 26 août, une équipe du CICR s’est rendue à Farazala pour évaluer la situation humanitaire des personnes déplacées en provenance de Batangafo et pour déterminer leurs besoins et l’assistance à leur apporter.

 

À Boda (115 km à l’ouest de Bangui), les violences intercommunautaires qui secouent la ville depuis le 21 août ont fait des morts et des blessés et provoqué le déplacement de centaines de personnes.

 

Les habitants d’autres villes de la République centrafricaine, en particulier dans les régions de Kaga Bandoro et Bambari, continuent de vivre dans la crainte d’être attaqués par des hommes armés.

 

« Nos équipes s’efforcent de répondre aux besoins les plus pressants de la population, conclut M. Sangsue. Nous maintenons en outre le dialogue avec tous ceux qui participent aux hostilités ainsi qu’avec les chefs communautaires et religieux afin de faire mieux connaître et respecter les Principes fondamentaux du droit international humanitaire. »

 

Du 7 juillet au 20 août 2014, le CICR, en collaboration avec la Croix-Rouge centrafricaine, a :

 

•    effectué plus de 7 000 consultations curatives à Bangui et dans la région de Kaga Bandoro, et plus de 130 interventions chirurgicales à Bangui ;

•    évacué 15 malades et transféré 4 patients de l’intérieur du pays vers l’hôpital communautaire de Bangui ;

•    réhabilité deux centres de santé dans la région de Kaga Bandoro ;

•    fourni quotidiennement de l’eau potable à plus de 20 000 personnes déplacées à l’aéroport de Bangui, plus de 11 000 à Kaga Bandoro et près de 20 000 à Bambari ;

•    fourni quotidiennement de l’eau potable à la ville et à l’hôpital de Ndélé, pour plus de 10 000 personnes ;

•    distribué des articles ménagers de première nécessité à plus de 18 500 personnes ;

•    fourni une assistance alimentaire à près de 25 000 personnes déplacées à Bangui ;

•    fourni une assistance alimentaire à plus de 400 personnes déplacées sur l’axe Bambari-Ippy ;

•    réuni avec leurs familles six enfants séparés par suite du conflit ;

•    sensibilisé plus de 400 membres de différents groupes armés aux notions de base du droit international humanitaire et près de 150 leaders communautaires et religieux aux principes humanitaires.

Les équipes du CICR ont en outre visité 560 détenus afin de s’assurer que leurs conditions de détention et leur traitement étaient conformes aux normes internationales.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Lesotho


 

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Lesotho

 

NEW YORK, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General is concerned about the reported military takeover in Lesotho. He calls for respect for the constitutional order and democratic rule. He urges all parties to refrain from violence and work together towards a peaceful and lasting resolution of their differences.

 

The Secretary-General welcomes earlier efforts by SADC, the Commonwealth and other partners of Lesotho to support the restoration of trust among the members of the Coalition Government and urges all parties to continue to play an active role in the promotion of peace in Lesotho. He reaffirms the continued support of the United Nations to these efforts.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


 

Joint statement by the UN, IGAD and EU Envoys to Somalia International partners welcome reconciliation progress in Kismayo

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and European Union (EU) welcomed the agreement by Col Barre Adan Shire (Barre Hiiraale) to participate in a reconciliation process and for his irregular military forces to present themselves for screening and potential integration into the Somali National Army (SNA) with the support of the Federal Government of Somalia.

 

“We welcome this agreement between Col Barre Hiiraale and the Interim Jubba Administration brokered by the Federal Government of Somalia. It is an important step forward in the path towards peace- and state-building for all Somalis. We stand ready to support a reconciliation conference in the coming weeks and urge all parties to engage in constructive consultation and reconciliation involving all stakeholders, ensuring that the interests of all communities are protected. Somalia’s international partners remain committed to supporting the nation’s peace and state-building agenda”.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

How Movitel has changed the life of Mozambican people: From a house helper to a boss – one in many fairy tales created by Movitel

 

By Dang Phuong*

 

MAPUTO, Mozambique, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Antonio Edmundo, 23 years old, is currently the director of the Movitel’s district center island Ilha de Mozambique, Nampula province. Just two years ago, he was only a house helper in the office this business center of Movitel, SA – a joint venture between Vietnamese company Viettel and Mozambique’s SPI Company. Antonio’s journey from a house helper to a master might surprise many people; it’s just like a dream coming true!

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Starting to work for Movitel from January 2012 as a house helper since the company opened stores in the district of Namialo, Antonio was highly appreciated by the district director of Namialo – Mr. Khanh, who hired him due to his enthusiasm, hard work and loyalty. Khanh had an intention to train him to be a store staff as working in the house, Antonio could capture all daily operations of the store, knowing where and how to store the merchandise, and understanding the work of each staff.

 

After some time, noticing the extremely agile and quick understanding of the “house helper”, Director Khanh assigned Antonio to manage a mobile sales team. Every morning, after a decent cleaning the entire store, from 8am, Antonio led the team to go out selling goods in remote areas. Until September 2012, Antonio was promoted as a salesman of the shop; however, he still took care of the house cleaning at the same time. But from that time on, Antonio’s work expanded. In addition to leading mobile teams, he was also in charge of managing and delivery goods to points of sale.

 

Step by step, Antonio had gained experience and raised up his dream of changing life until it coming true in February 2014, when he officially took over Mr.Khanh’s position as the director of the Ilha island. He is now a “real boss”, managing the entire business of the district center with 9 staffs and 01 technical team. So far, Ilha district ranks the second highest in term of mobile penetration in the branch with 21.5% (11 237 subscribers out of 52 202 people).

 

The story of Antoino is one among many other interesting stories in Movitel about the changes it brings to the staffs and people where it runs business.

 

After 2 years entering Mozambique’s telecom market, Movitel has achieved significant successful business and with a rapid revenue and subscriber growth rate over 120%/year to reach nearly US$155 revenue and 5 million subscribers in 2013, making up 32% market share. However, what people impressed most by this operator is its contribution to the society. Movitel has popularized telecom services in rural and underserved areas, significantly changing the communication landscape in Mozambique and contributing in various ways to enhance life of people here through many of its social programs.

 

In order to enable telecom services including mobile, fixed phone and Internet accessible to rural population, Movitel has invested in a network of 2,800 towers, 25,000km fiber optic cable covering 100% districts and highways, 80% population and a distribution channel to every village. Besides, it also provides service support and social programs including free Internet to schools, subsidizing handset cost for rural users, offering special package designed to support low-income users such as farmers or students. Movitel has provided free Internet to 2,500 schools, supported Mozambican government to implement e-government program. Nearly 600,000 people in at least 5rural districts have been covered and served telecom services for the first time in life. With Movitel, telecom services are now available to everyone, giving them opportunities to improve their living standard.

 

With a philosophy of integrating business development with social responsibility, Movitel has considerably took part in the sustainable development Mozambique and helped changing the life of people here, particularly the poor and the rural population. It has generated nearly 20,000 jobs in rural areas. After employing local people, the company will train them until they can independently handle the work themselves. After that, expert managers from headquarter shall be retreated, leaving the positions for the local people to take over. By doing this way, Movitel not only gives the people a means of living but also a dream to pursue. Antonio – District Director of Ilha de Mozambique is one such person.

 

As a result of their tireless effort, on July 8th 2014, Movitel was granted the “Best Mobile Innovations Award” – the most notable prize among the 18 others of the Mobile Innovations Awards for business across the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and became the only telecom operator in Africa winning 3 reputable prizes from prestigious and leading international organizations within only 2 years of business. Formerly, it won the Rural Telecom Award of the AfricaCom Awards in 2012 and the Competitive Strategy Leadership award by The American Research and Consulting firm Frost and Sullivan in 2013.

 

*Author: Dang Phuong – Reporter of Youth Newspapers – Vietnam.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Youth Newspapers – Vietnam.

 

SOURCE 

Youth Newspapers – Vietnam

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

WHO Ebola Disease Outbreak News: Senegal


 

WHO Ebola Disease Outbreak News: Senegal

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Epidemiology and surveillance

 

On 30 August 2014, Senegal’s Ministry of Public Health and Social Affairs provided WHO with details about a case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) announced in that country on 29 August.

 

WHO has also received details of the emergency investigation immediately launched by the Government. Testing and confirmation of Ebola were undertaken by a laboratory at the Institut Pasteur in Dakar.

 

The case is a 21-year-old male native of Guinea, who arrived in Dakar, by road, on 20 August and stayed with relatives at a home in the outskirts of the city.

 

On 23 August, he sought medical care for symptoms that included fever, diarrhoea, and vomiting. He received treatment for malaria, but did not improve and left the facility.

 

After leaving the facility, he continued to reside with his relatives. Though the investigation is in its early stages, he is not presently known to have travelled elsewhere.

 

On 26 August, he was referred to a specialized facility for infectious diseases, still showing the same symptoms, and was hospitalized.

 

On 27 August, authorities in Conakry, Guinea, issued an alert, informing medical services in Guinea and neighbouring countries, that a person, who was a close contact of a confirmed EVD patient, had escaped the surveillance system.

 

That alert prompted testing at the Dakar laboratory, launched an investigation, and triggered urgent contact tracing.

 

Health sector response

 

WHO is treating this first case in Senegal as a top priority emergency. Key operational personnel were dispatched to Dakar today; others will follow.

 

The Government of Senegal has informed WHO of the urgent need for epidemiological support, personal protective equipment, and hygiene kits. These needs will be met with the fastest possible speed.

 

SOURCE 

World Health Organization (WHO)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

Political Tensions in Lesotho


 

Political Tensions in Lesotho

 

WASHINGTON, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

Jen Psaki

Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

August 30, 2014

 

The United States is deeply concerned by clashes between security forces today in Lesotho, and calls upon government officials and all parties to remain committed to peaceful political dialogue and to follow democratic processes in line with the Lesotho Constitution and principles of the rule of law.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


 

UN Special Envoy Djinnit Meets with Congolese Leadership, Reaffirm Centrality of Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework as Linchpin for Stability and Shared Prosperity in the DRC and the Region.

 

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region (SESG), Said Djinnit completes his first two-day visit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in a move to advance the objectives of a regional peace agreement signed in Addis Ababa in February last year. In Kinshasa, he met with a wide range of stakeholders including President Kabila, Government officials, the Diplomatic Corps, the United Nations family, and Civil Society. The DRC is at the heart of the PSC Framework and to me, it was important to come here at the outset of my first regional tour said Special Envoy Djinnit who is also scheduled to visit other signatory countries, including Rwanda and Uganda in the coming weeks.

 

SESG Djinnit discussed with President Kabila and the Congolese authorities on ways to collectively work to achieve progress under the PSC Framework Agreement, through the effective implementation of the commitments undertaken by the signatory States of the Agreement. They also discussed ongoing challenges that continue to impede stability in eastern DRC and the region. The Special Envoy and the DRC leadership paid a particular attention to the FDLR disarmament process, the repatriation of the former M23 combatants from Rwanda and Uganda and the importance of sustaining political will among the regional leaders to consolidate the gains achieved so far and meet all commitments under the PSC Framework.

 

In this regard, Special Envoy Djinnit expressed his appreciation to Congolese authorities and reaffirm the centrality of PSC Framework as the linchpin to stabilization and shared prosperity in the DRC and the region: I was encouraged by my meetings with the Congolese officials who showed support for my mandate and readiness to collaborate further. Djinnit said. He further highlighted the need to boost opportunities under the economic development pillar, in particular the upcoming Regional Consultation meeting on Private Sector Investment in the Great Lakes which will take place in Luanda, Angola on 9-10 September.

 

While in Kinshasa, Special Envoy Djinnit assured civil society representatives of his intention to engage closely with civil society, women, and youth groups throughout his mandate. He emphasized the important role that civil society groups have in monitoring the implementation of the PSC Framework.

 

The PSC Framework, a Framework of Hope, remains a strategic instrument, together with other existing regional mechanisms, to consolidate peace, stability and cooperation in the region. Mr. Djinnit said. I intend to work with signatory countries, regional organizations as well as international partners and civil society to overcome the remaining challenges for the full implementation of the Framework and ensure that peace dividends are delivered to all.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

France / Egypte / Agenda de Monsieur le président de la République


 

France / Egypte / Agenda de Monsieur le président de la République

 

PARIS, France, 1er septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Agenda de Monsieur le président de la République

 

MARDI 2 SEPTEMBRE

15H30 Entretien avec M. Sameh CHOUKRI, ministre des Affaires étrangères égyptien.

 

SOURCE 

Présidence de la République française


 

IMF Executive Board Completes the Fourth Review Under the Stand-By Arrangement for Tunisia and Approves US$217.5 Million Disbursement

 

TUNIS, Tunisia, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the fourth review of Tunisia’s economic performance under a 24-month program supported by a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). The completion of the review enables an immediate disbursement of SDR 143.25 million (about US$217.5 million), bringing total disbursements to SDR 716.25 million (about US$1.1 billion).

The two-year SBA in the amount of SDR 1.146 billion (about US$1.74 billion, or 400 percent of Tunisia’s quota at the IMF) was approved by the Executive Board on June 7, 2013 (See Press Release No. 13/202).

In completing the fourth review, the Executive Board approved the authorities’ request for modification of the end of September 2014 performance criteria.

Following the Executive Board discussion on Tunisia Mr. Naoyuki Shinohara, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, said:

“Tunisia is set to complete its political transition with the advent of elections in the last quarter of 2014. Progress in the transition is helping galvanize support from development partners.

“Nonetheless, the economic situation remains difficult. Growth is timid, unemployment remains high, and rising external imbalances are putting pressures on the exchange rate and reserves.

“Program implementation has been strong. All quantitative performance criteria have been met. In spite of the challenging domestic and regional environment, structural reforms have been progressing, and the authorities have made up for earlier delays in some areas.

“Fiscal performance for the first half of the year has been strong, and continued fiscal consolidation remains essential to anchor macroeconomic stabilization. Fiscal measures to offset spending pressures are welcome, and recent increases in energy prices—together with the implementation of new programs to protect the poor— will help reduce vulnerabilities. Energy subsidy reform and a strict control of the wage bill will improve budget composition, which will also benefit from increased social and investment expenditures. Comprehensive revenue reforms, strengthened public financial management, and reform of public enterprises will support fiscal consolidation and help generate more inclusive growth.

“A tighter monetary policy would help counter inflationary pressures and reduce exchange rate pressures. Further exchange rate flexibility would help rebuild foreign reserve buffers, correct large external imbalances, and improve competitiveness.

“Important steps have been taken to reduce financial sector vulnerabilities, including through the historic adoption of public bank restructuring plans, which should be quickly implemented. Banking sector fragilities will be reduced further through the establishment of an asset management company, adoption of the bankruptcy law, completion of public bank audits, and upgrade of the regulatory framework.

“Accelerated implementation of structural reforms is needed to improve the investment climate and generate a stronger and more inclusive growth. Moving ahead with the competition law and the public private partnerships framework will help foster private sector development. The upcoming “Invest in Tunisia” conference should play an important role in this regard.”

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

Event Announcement: AfricaRice to host ‘Rice Innovations Fair’


 

Event Announcement: AfricaRice to host ‘Rice Innovations Fair’

 

COTONOU, Benin, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Innovative R&D products, tools and approaches developed by the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) and its partners to boost productivity in Africa’s rice farming will be showcased at the first ‘Rice Innovations Fair of Scalable Technologies’, 1-2 September 2014, in Cotonou, Benin.

 

The technologies on display will include, among others, new climate-smart ARICA rice varieties; SMART-valleys, a low-cost participatory and sustainable approach to develop inland valleys in sub-Saharan Africa for rice-based systems; mechanical weeders; power tillers; an energy-efficient rice parboiler; and RiceAdvice, a decision-support app for providing farmers with field-specific management guidelines.

 

The main objectives of the ‘Rice Innovations Fair’ are to raise awareness about the latest innovations as well as to identify with development partners, donors and researchers promising scalable technologies and define dissemination pathways.

 

The first day of the event will focus on the presentation of a set of eleven technologies, followed by discussions to define dissemination pathways for each innovation.

 

The second day will include a visit to the Ouinhi district in Benin, to see inland valleys that have been developed using the Smart-valleys participatory approach. These achievements are the result of AfricaRice’s partnership with the Benin extension agency called Cellule Bas-Fonds, under the Rural Engineering Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries.

 

The 2-days event is expected to be highly interactive in order to maximize knowledge exchange among participants and establish new contacts between researchers and representatives of the development sector.

 

 

Editor’s Notes:

 

AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium. It is also an intergovernmental association of African member countries.

 

The Center was created in 1971 by 11 African countries. Today its membership comprises 25 countries, covering West, Central, East and North African regions, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.

 

AfricaRice temporary headquarters is based in Cotonou, Benin; research staff are also based in Senegal, Nigeria, Tanzania, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

 

For more information visit: http://www.AfricaRice.org

 

SOURCE 

Africa Rice Centre (WARDA)


 

IMF and the East African Community Launch Collaboration Program to Assist East African Partner States Develop Government Finance Statistics

 

ARUSHA, Tanzania, August 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the East African Community (EAC) this week launched a collaborative program to improve the compilation and dissemination of Government Finance Statistics (GFS) for Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The inaugural workshop was held in Arusha, Tanzania, from August 25-29, 2014.

The workshop provided an opportunity for statisticians and economists from the EAC region to identify the needs for technical assistance (TA) to strengthen GFS to be provided by the IMF. The program will assist the EAC Partner States to meet the fiscal data requirements associated with the East African Community Monetary Union (EAMU) protocol, signed by EAC Heads of State in November 2013.

Dr. Enos Bukuku, EAC Deputy Secretary in charge of Planning and Infrastructure, welcomed the opportunity to host the workshop and launch the GFS program. “The intervention is timely in facilitating production of robust statistical data required for the establishment of EAMU and transition to EAC single currency by 2024,” noted Dr. Bukuku. He added that GFS compiled in accordance with internationally agreed methodological standards would not only provide the EAC region with an important framework for comparing, analyzing and evaluating fiscal policy, but also an opportunity to improve government and public sector performance.

Mr.Barredo Capelot, Director of the Government Finance Statistics and Quality Directorate in Eurostat, said “solid and comprehensive fiscal statistics are essential for regional integration and preserving macroeconomic stability.”

Mr. Sukhwinder Singh, Coordinator at the IMF’s East Africa Regional Technical Assistance Center (East AFRITAC), noted that “as part of the collaboration program, the IMF will provide TA through hands-on sessions during visits by experts to participating countries, as well as regular workshops to provide practical training and allow countries to share experiences.”

During this inaugural workshop, country representatives from the EAC discussed their national fiscal data development plans that will guide the work of improving compilation and dissemination of regionally comparable GFS data in accordance with international standards. This is to be done by 2018, which is within the timeline of the EAMU protocol.

IMF staff shared their expertise in developing systems for compiling GFS and government debt statistics. TA needs were drawn up based on national priorities and work plans are also already underway. This work reflects the initiative and migration to the use of the Government Finance Statistics Manual 2014 (GFSM 2014) methodology in reporting fiscal data related to the EAMU macroeconomic convergence criteria, which would be compatible with international standards and best practices and consistent with other macroeconomic statistical systems.

Background

East AFRITAC, located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is one of nine regional IMF technical assistance centers around the world, serving Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. It provides capacity-building assistance in core areas of expertise of the IMF such as: revenue administration; public financial management; macro-fiscal analysis; financial sector regulation; monetary policy and operations; and economic and financial statistics. Its Steering Committee, composed of the member countries, the IMF and representatives of the donors, oversees and provides guidance on the Center’s operations.

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 August 2014

France / Afrique / Agenda du ministre des affaires étrangères


 

France / Afrique / Agenda du ministre des affaires étrangères

 

PARIS, France, 29 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Agenda du ministre des affaires étrangères du 1er au 6 septembre 2014

 

Mardi 2 septembre

 

12h – Entretien avec M. Sameh CHOUKRI, ministre des affaires étrangères égyptien, suivi d’un déjeuner de travail, d’une réunion économique et d’un point de presse, Quai d’Orsay

 

Samedi 6 septembre

 

Conférence “Investir en Tunisie/Start-up Democracy”, Tunis

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 August 2014

France / Maroc


 

France / Maroc

 

PARIS, France, 29 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 29 août 2014

 

Q – Malgré la suspension de la coopération judiciaire avec Paris, est-il exact que le Maroc a donné son accord pour le transfèrement d’un groupe de prisonniers français ? Si oui, combien et sur quels critères ? Quelle est la position des autorités françaises par rapport aux autres détenus qui poursuivent une grève de la faim ?

 

R – La France se félicite de ces premières décisions de transfèrements.

 

Nous formulons le souhait que cette dynamique puisse se poursuivre.

 

Nous souhaitons résoudre au plus vite l’ensemble des situations individuelles en matière judiciaire.

 

Nos services consulaires sont mobilisés pour exercer notre protection consulaire en faveur des détenus français, notamment pour s’assurer de leurs conditions de santé. A cette fin, la France est naturellement disposée à travailler en liaison avec la commission spécialement créée par les autorités marocaines, avec lesquelles nous sommes en contact étroit.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 August 2014

France / Egypte – Terrorisme


 

France / Egypte – Terrorisme

 

PARIS, France, 29 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ - Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 29 août 2014

 

La France condamne avec la plus grande fermeté le meurtre odieux et barbare de quatre personnes dans le Sinaï, revendiqué par un groupe terroriste. Elle adresse ses condoléances aux proches des victimes et exprime sa solidarité avec le peuple égyptien.

 

Elle se tient aux côtés des autorités égyptiennes dans leur lutte contre le terrorisme.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 August 2014

IOM Supports Community Efforts to Help Displaced People in Bangui Return Home


 

IOM Supports Community Efforts to Help Displaced People in Bangui Return Home

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In Bangui’s Third District a community association “Tournons la Page” (“Turn the Page”) is helping people displaced by the Central African Republic (CAR) crisis to return to their homes, supported by a pilot initiative of IOM’s EU-funded Community Stabilization Unit.

“Turn the Page” is working with IOM to provide cleaning and tool kits to displaced people who want to return to their homes in the Third District. The kits include shovels, wheelbarrows, rakes, cleaning and disinfectant products, carpentry equipment, and tools to trim overgrowth.

By receiving the kits, displaced people commit to returning home. Fifty kits are available each week. After one week people are expected to return them to the association in order to allow them to be given to other returnees.

The Third District was the site of some of the most intense violence in the CAR crisis. The situation has since improved, but continues to be unstable, as demonstrated by the widespread violence of August 20th, 2014. Hundreds of houses in the area have been damaged and many homes have been deserted for several months.

 

The most recent IOM return intention survey in July found that 50% of displaced people stated that “destruction of their homes” was the main reason for their displacement. Some 68% cited “lack of means” as the primary reason preventing them from leaving displacement sites.

Now in its second week, the programme has assisted 47 households to rehabilitate their houses in order to be able to return home. In total, the project aims to assist more than 200 households to clean and rehabilitate their homes.

“Turn the Page” also organizes communal street cleaning twice a week to encourage returned families to engage with their neighbours, and coordinates group transport from displacement sites back to homes in the Third District.

 

Recently, there has been a gradual return from displacement sites to homes in the Third District. Residents hope that support from IOM and “Turn the Page” will accelerate the process.

The president of “Turn the Page” Mansour Mangui said: “The process is going very well. We work together with all communities. The majority of displaced people from the Third District are at the Ledger [Mpoko airport displacement site]. Our dream is to be finished with the Ledger and end the conflict so we can live together in peace. IOM helped us with the return kits. Through these activities everyone can to return to the Third District in security to work on their houses. Our work motivates other people to come home.”

The two-month pilot initiative will continue through mid-October. IOM provides funding and technical advice for the community cleaning projects. The initiative is IOM’s first effort to facilitate durable return solutions for continuously displaced populations. IOM is actively seeking funding support for projects related to return solutions.

 

IOM’s EU-funded Community Stabilization Unit project: “Support to early recovery and community stabilization for communities at risk in Bangui” supports social cohesion and peaceful cohabitation among communities through economic revitalization, infrastructure rehabilitation, and grassroots events to promote reconciliation. The project is focused on Bangui’s Third and Fifth Districts.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 August 2014

Deteriorating Security in Libya May Result in More Migrant Boats: IOM


 

Deteriorating Security in Libya May Result in More Migrant Boats: IOM

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM is concerned that the number of migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya by sea could increase in the coming weeks, as more people decide to opt for the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to escape ongoing fighting in the Libyan capital.

For the last six weeks, Tripoli has seen fighting between rival militias, including indiscriminate shelling of the main airport and surrounding areas. The increasing use of heavy artillery and missiles have caused an unknown number of casualties, many of them civilians.

The Libyan capital lacks petrol, diesel, electricity and gas, and the price of basic commodities is skyrocketing. Insecurity is preventing movement in the western part of the city and on roads to the Tunisian border, which many Libyans and foreign nationals are trying to reach. There are checkpoints along the main roads.

Insecurity is also preventing IOM’s 25 staff in Tripoli from moving freely. Many frequently have to work from home.

The Libyan authorities report that some 50,000 people have been forced to leave their homes and to move on safer areas in and around Tripoli. Many displaced families are living with local communities or in shelters provided by the Libyan Red Crescent.

Their most pressing needs include medicine, food and hygiene kits. If the situation continues to deteriorate, they will also need shelter, cooking utensils and sanitation facilities, according to IOM Tripoli staff.

IOM psychosocial experts have also highlighted the need for psychosocial support and protection for vulnerable groups, including children and migrants. Trainers are working with the Libyan NGOs and local councils to provide an intensive 6-day training course for some 40 frontline social workers helping displaced people and migrants.

Displaced migrants trapped in Tripoli have been particularly hard hit. Last Friday (22/8), ten Sudanese were killed when a stray missile destroyed a house in Tripoli’s Karmiya district. An estimated 15,000 Sudanese live in the district and the Sunday market area, which are under siege.

The situation of migrants in detention centers is also deteriorating. There are 18 detention centers for migrants, normally hosting between 4,000 to 6,000 people. Most of the centers are operational, but are experiencing shortages of calor gas for cooking, water and food. Some have released migrants, as they can no longer afford to provide adequate food and sanitation.

IOM staff have also identified some 2,000 Pakistanis who have found refuge in a school in central Tripoli. “The place is overcrowded and everyone is anxious to be repatriated. But in the meantime, they urgently need food and medical care,” says IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi.

IOM and the Libyan Red Crescent is working to improve sanitation at the site and arranging the delivery of food, water and hygiene kits.

IOM is also working with the Ethiopian Embassy in Cairo to provide travel documents and help a number of Ethiopian women detained at the Surman detention center for women to return home.

It has also received requests from Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam to help their citizens to leave Libya.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)


 

U.S. Special Representative for Somalia, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, and EU Ambassador to Somalia Appeal for All Armed Forces to Withdraw from Saaxdheer, Sool Region.

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, August 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — United States Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty, UN Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay and European Union Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso express profound concern about the deployment of armed forces and the resultant conflict within Saaxdheer, Sool Region.

 

We call for the immediate withdrawal of forces from Saaxdheer, and the immediate release of all prisoners. We urge all parties to refrain from violence and make concerted efforts to de-escalate and resolve differences through peaceful means and dialogue. All parties should make immediate efforts to demonstrate genuine willingness to create the conditions necessary for long-term and durable stability in the region.

 

The U.S. Special Representative, the UN Special Representative and the EU Ambassador urge all parties in the affected region to engage peacefully and find constructive ways to address jointly the drivers of conflict. They express their commitment to help all parties to seek compromise and work towards durable peace and stability in the region.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

DÉCLARATION À LA PRESSE FAITE PAR LE CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ CONCERNANT L’HÉLICOPTÈRE DE LA MINUSS QUI A ÉTÉ ABATTU

 

NEW YORK, 29 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ On trouvera ci-après le texte de la déclaration à la presse faite aujourd’hui par le Président du Conseil de sécurité pour le mois d’août, M. Mark Lyall Grant (Royaume-Uni):

 

Les membres du Conseil de sécurité ont condamné dans les termes les plus vifs la destruction d’un hélicoptère MI-8AMT de la MINUSS abattu près de Bentiu, dans l’État de l’Unité (Soudan du Sud) le 26 août 2014 alors qu’il transportait une cargaison vers la zone avec un équipage de quatre membres russes, dont trois ont péri et le quatrième est gravement blessé.

 

Les membres du Conseil de sécurité ont adressé leurs condoléances attristées aux familles des membres de l’équipage décédés et au Gouvernement de la Fédération de Russie et ont souhaité un complet rétablissement au membre de l’équipage blessé.

 

Ils ont souligné que cette attaque constituait une violation grave de l’accord sur le statut des forces du 8 août 2011 et mettait en péril les opérations de la MINUSS.

 

Ils ont très instamment demandé à la MINUSS et au Gouvernement du Soudan du Sud de mener rapidement une enquête minutieuse et transparente sur cette attaque.

 

Les membres du Conseil de sécurité ont fortement insisté sur le fait que ceux qui sont responsables de cette attaque doivent répondre de leurs actes et que toutes les mesures nécessaires pour éviter de telles attaques à l’avenir doivent être prises.

 

Ils ont également demandé à la MINUSS de prendre les mesures supplémentaires appropriées pour assurer la sécurité de ses opérations dans le Soudan du Sud et de faire rapport à ce sujet au Conseil.

 

SOURCE 

NATIONS UNIES

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2014

Sudan: ICRC signs country agreement with government

 

Sudan: ICRC signs country agreement with government

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today signed a newly revised country agreement. The legal document formalizes relations between the Sudanese authorities and the ICRC, and will replace a previous agreement dating from 1984.

 

The Sudanese authorities suspended the ICRC’s activities in Sudan on 1 February, citing technical issues, and asked the organization to review the country agreement that sets out its legal and diplomatic status in the country.

 

Currently, the ICRC is discussing with the Sudanese authorities the practical arrangements for restarting its humanitarian operations in the country. “Negotiations have been constructive in recent weeks, and the signing of a new country agreement is a positive and essential step towards resuming our humanitarian work in Sudan,” said Jean-Christophe Sandoz, who heads the ICRC delegation in Sudan. “We hope to conclude our dialogue with the authorities soon.”

 

“The revised agreement sets forth the ICRC’s legal and diplomatic status in the country and continues to recognize our organization’s mandate, which is to assist and protect victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence,” explained Mr Sandoz. “This type of agreement is not specific to Sudan; the ICRC has similar accords with about 100 other countries around the world.”

 

In 2013, about 1.5 million people in Sudan benefited from ICRC aid. “Our staff are eager to pick up where they left off, helping people in conflict-stricken areas,” said Mr Sandoz.

 

The ICRC has been working in Sudan since 1978 and extended its operations to Darfur in 2003. The organization’s mandate is set out in the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, to which Sudan, along with 194 other States, is party.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

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