APO Media Award: WIN $500 a month for one year, one lap top, one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of your choice and more

 

The second-place winner will be awarded $300 a month for one year, and the third-place winner will receive $200 a month for one year

 

DAKAR, Senegal, June 12, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release wire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, announced today that entry is now open for the 2014 APO Media Award (#APOMediaAward).

The first-place winner will be presented with $500 a month for one year, one laptop and one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of his or her choice as well as one year of access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide.

 

The second-place winner will be awarded $300 a month for one year.

 

The third-place winner will receive $200 a month for one year.

 

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APO Media Award celebrates brilliant and inspiring stories about Africa. The subject matter may comprise a single topic or a variety of subjects, including – but not limited to – business, economy, technology, agriculture, health, energy, gender, logistics, tourism, motoring, aviation, not-for-profit issues, diplomacy, environment, mining, entertainment and more.

 

APO Media Award is open to African journalists and bloggers, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa who have produced a story that has been broadcast or published in English, French, Portuguese or Arabic in the form of a printed publication, a television feature, a radio story, a website or a blog whose primary audience is based in Africa.

 

Stories must have been broadcast or published between January and August 2014.

 

Stories are judged on content, writing, analysis, creativity, human interest and community impact.

 

All stories must be submitted in electronic format:

a) Print: upload the scan(s) of the published article.

b) Radio: upload the SoundCloud link (SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform that enables its users to upload and share sounds they have created themselves – https://soundcloud.com).

c) Website: upload the URL.

d) TV: upload the YouTube link.

 

TV material must first be uploaded to YouTube (www.youtube.com) and radio material to SoundCloud (www.soundcloud.com). If you are not a member of these sites, you will need to sign up in order to upload the video or radio material. Once you have obtained the link, you must enter it in this online entry form when inputting your story details.

 

Online Entry Form is available here:
http://www.apo-opa.com/apo_media_award.php?L=E

 

The deadline for entries is 1 September 2014.

 

The finalists will be announced on 15 September 2014.

 

The winners will be announced on 29 September 2014.

 

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Follow the hashtag: #APOMediaAward

 

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About APO

 

APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com) is the sole press release wire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa.

 

With offices in Senegal, Switzerland, Dubai, Hong Kong, India and Seychelles, APO has a media database comprising over 50,000 contacts and is the main online community for news relating to Africa.

 

It offers a complete range of services, including press release distribution and monitoring, online press conferences, interactive webcasts, media interactions, strategic advice, public diplomacy, government relations and events promotion. To find out more, please visit http://www.apo-opa.com.

 

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Orange and Emmaüs International launch their 5th African mobile telephone recycling facility in Abidjan

 

140 tonnes of waste have been processed and 30 jobs created since 2010 through the Orange-Emmaüs International partnership

 

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/

§         as part of its ongoing commitment to encouraging recycling of mobile devices, launched in 2005, Orange promotes the creation of partnerships in Africa that aim to support the implementation of local initiatives

 

§         140 tonnes of waste have been processed and 30 jobs created since 2010 through the Orange-Emmaüs International partnership

 

The fifth mobile collection facility was inaugurated today in Abidjan, the Côte d’Ivoire, in the presence of the Ivoirian Minister for the Environment, Urban Cleanliness and Sustainable Development, Mr Kouadio Remi ALLA and the CEO of the Orange Côte d’Ivoire Télécom group (http://www.orange.com), represented by Mr Joseph PITAH, Director of Networks and Information Systems. To mark the event, a first container loaded with 10 tonnes of mobile waste will leave the Côte d’Ivoire for recycling in France.

 

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The first of these collection and dismantling facilities for mobile phones was opened in March 2010 in Burkina Faso. Others followed in Benin, Madagascar and Niger.

 

Mobile use is growing fast in Africa, making it a major environmental issue. There are already 500 million mobile devices on the continent, as well as millions of discarded handsets which are often simply thrown away or burned due to the lack of recycling facilities in the majority of African countries. For Orange, which is present as a network operator in 20 African countries, the recycling of mobile phone waste is one of the major commitments of its CSR policy. Thanks to the workshops set-up by Orange and Emmaüs International, this waste is now being collected for transport to France for recycling.

 

recycling, a responsible initiative

At each facility, which is run by six local employees, more than 10 tonnes of mobile waste is collected each year and sent to France for recycling.

 

In total, since 2010, more than 140 tonnes of mobile waste have already been sent to France for recycling, and over 30 long-term jobs have been created at the African facilities. Over the next five years, Orange and Emmaüs International plan to continue opening new collection facilities, confirming their partnership on this project, which contributes to local economies and social welfare while protecting the environment.

 

Morphosis processes the waste from Africa

In France, a young company called Morphosis takes direct delivery of containers of waste from the five African collection facilities at the port in Le Havre. On receipt of the containers, Morphosis sorts the waste into different types by material. The next step is to process the waste, extracting the rare metals that can be re-used in the manufacture of new products and devices. Morphosis is a particularly inventive and effective player in this new market in France.

 

recycling mobiles: a virtuous circle linking France and Africa

Since 2009, Orange has been working in France with Ateliers du Bocage (members of Emmaüs International), which recycle used mobile devices collected from Orange stores or internally in France. This social-reintegration organisation aims to give work to vulnerable people, bringing them back into the jobs market. The mobile devices collected are sorted into two categories in the workshops run by Ateliers du Bocage:

§         Those which can be re-used are reconditioned and then sold in developing countries

§         Those which no longer work are recycled

 

Since 2010, Orange has been organising an annual collection event in France for used mobiles, chargers and batteries through its 1,200 stores in mainland France. All profits from these large-scale actions are then paid into the “Africa Project” run by Emmaüs International.

 

In 2013, Orange recycling initiatives in France (collections at Orange stores and premises, collections from Orange’s major corporate clients, defective devices returned by customers and devices recovered through the “mobile second life” offer) have led to the collection of nearly 750,000 mobile phones.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Orange

 

 

Press contacts:

Orange: +33 1 44 44 93 93

Tom Wright, tom.wright@orange.com

Sébastien Audra, sebastien.audra@orange.com 

 

Emmaüs International: +33 1 41 58 25 72

Marie-Anne Dubosc, communication@emmaus-international.org 

 

§         For more on mobile recycling by Orange (in French only): http://bienvivreledigital.orange.fr

§         For more on Morphosis: http://www.morphosis.fr

§         For more on Emmaüs International: http://emmaus-international.org

 

about Orange

Orange (http://www.orange.com) is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 41 billion euros in 2013 and has 164,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2014, including 101,000 employees in France. Present in 30 countries, the Group has a total customer base of more than 239 million customers at 31 March 2014, including 182 million mobile customers and 16 million fixed broadband customers worldwide. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services.

 

Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

For more information on the internet and on your mobile: www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com, www.livetv.orange.com or to follow us on Twitter: @orangegrouppr.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

 

about Morphosis

Morphosis is one of the leading players in rare-metals recycling in France, with a 2012 turnover of €5 million and 30 employees. Morphosis works in Europe, Africa and the Middle East with the telecoms and electronics sectors to recycle their waste and manufacturing rejects, delivering a re-useable raw material through the application of innovative processes with low environmental impact. To learn more visit http://www.morphosis.fr or follow us on Twitter @MorphosisM76.

 

about Emmaüs International

Emmaüs International has a membership of 336 associations in 37 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. These organisations work locally with the most vulnerable to implement economic activities to provide access to fundamental rights for everyone, and to show by collective action that there are credible alternatives to situations of injustice.

 

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Orange


 

Orange et Emmaüs International inaugurent à Abidjan leur 5ème atelier de collecte de déchets de mobiles en Afrique

 

-         dans la continuité de son engagement en faveur du recyclage des terminaux mobiles initié en 2005, Orange encourage la création de partenariats en Afrique pour favoriser la mise en place d’initiatives locales

 

-        140 tonnes de déchets traités et 30 emplois créés depuis 2010 dans le cadre du partenariat Orange-Emmaüs International

 

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 23 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le cinquième atelier de collecte de mobiles a été inauguré aujourd’hui en Côte d’Ivoire, à Abidjan, en présence du Ministre de l’Environnement, de la Salubrité Urbaine et du Développement Durable ivoirien, Monsieur Kouadio Remi ALLA, et du Directeur Général du groupe Orange Côte d’Ivoire Télécom (http://www.orange.com), représenté par Monsieur Joseph PITAH, Directeur du Réseau et du Système d’Information (DRSI). A cette occasion, un premier conteneur chargé de 10 tonnes de déchets de mobiles va quitter la Côte d’Ivoire pour rejoindre la France et y être recyclé.

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Le premier de ces ateliers de collecte et démantèlement de mobiles a vu le jour en mars 2010 au Burkina Faso. D’autres ateliers ont ensuite été ouverts au Bénin, à Madagascar et au Niger.

 

L’utilisation du mobile connaît une très forte croissance en Afrique et constitue, par conséquent, un enjeu écologique majeur. En effet, le continent compte déjà 500 millions de terminaux, mais aussi des millions de déchets de mobiles qui peuvent finir jetés ou brûlés, faute de filières de recyclage dans la majorité des pays africains. Pour Orange, qui est implanté dans 20 pays en Afrique, le recyclage des déchets mobiles de ce continent est l’un des engagements forts de sa politique de RSE. Grâce aux ateliers créés par Orange et Emmaüs International, ces déchets sont désormais collectés puis acheminés en France pour y être recyclés.

 

le recyclage, une filière solidaire

Dans chaque atelier, six emplois locaux sont créés et plus de dix tonnes de déchets de mobiles sont collectés par an et renvoyés en France pour recyclage.

 

Au total, depuis 2010, plus de 140 tonnes de déchets de mobiles ont déjà été acheminées en France pour y être revalorisées et plus de 30 emplois pérennes ont été ainsi créés dans les ateliers africains. Dans les cinq prochaines années, Orange et Emmaüs International souhaitent poursuivre les ouvertures de nouveaux ateliers de collecte, confirmant leur collaboration à ce projet d’économie sociale et solidaire qui préserve l’environnement.

 

Morphosis traite les déchets en provenance d’Afrique

En France, c’est la jeune entreprise Morphosis qui réceptionne directement les conteneurs de déchets de mobiles au port du Havre provenant des cinq ateliers de collecte en Afrique. A la réception des conteneurs, Morphosis trie chaque type de déchets pour les traiter en fonction de leur composition. Ensuite, elle transforme ces déchets en affinant les métaux rares qui sont à nouveau réutilisables pour la fabrication de nouveaux produits ou équipements. Morphosis est un acteur particulièrement inventif et efficace sur ce nouveau marché en France.

 

recyclage des mobiles : une boucle vertueuse entre la France et l’Afrique

Depuis 2009, Orange travaille en France avec les Ateliers du Bocage (membres d’Emmaüs International) qui traitent tous les mobiles usagés collectés en France dans les boutiques Orange ou en interne. Cette structure d’insertion favorise l’emploi des personnes en difficulté avec pour objectif de les réinsérer sur le marché du travail.

 

Les téléphones mobiles collectés sont triés en deux catégories par les Ateliers :

§         Ceux qui peuvent être réutilisés sont remis en état et reconditionnés puis revendus dans les pays émergents

§         Ceux qui ne fonctionnent plus sont recyclés

 

Depuis 2010, Orange organise chaque année une opération évènementielle nationale de collecte de mobiles, chargeurs ou batteries usagés dans ses 1 200 boutiques en France métropolitaine. L’intégralité des bénéfices de ces opérations d’envergure est ainsi reversée au « Projet Afrique » porté par Emmaüs International.

 

En 2013, les actions d’Orange en faveur du recyclage (collectes de mobiles dans les boutiques et locaux d’Orange, collecte dans les Grandes Entreprises clientes d’Orange, retours de mobiles défectueux et à travers l’offre « seconde vie mobile ») ont permis de collecter près de 750 000 téléphones mobiles en France.

 

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Orange.

 

 

Contacts presse :

Orange : +33 1 44 44 93 93

Tom Wright, tom.wright@orange.com

Sébastien Audra, sebastien.audra@orange.com 

 

Emmaüs International : +33 1 41 58 25 72

Marie-Anne Dubosc, communication@emmaus-international.org 

 

à propos d’Orange

Orange (http://www.orange.com) est l’un des principaux opérateurs de télécommunications dans le monde, avec un chiffre d’affaires de 41 milliards d’euros en 2013 et 164 000 salariés au 31 mars 2014, dont 101 000 en France. Présent dans 30 pays, le Groupe servait plus de 239 millions de clients au 31 mars 2014, dont 182 millions de clients du mobile et 16 millions de clients haut débit fixe dans le monde. Orange est également l’un des leaders mondiaux des services de télécommunications aux entreprises multinationales sous la marque Orange Business Services.

 

Orange est coté sur le NYSE Euronext Paris (symbole ORA) et sur le New York Stock Exchange (symbole ORAN).

Pour plus d’informations (sur le web et votre mobile) : www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com, www.livetv.orange.com ou pour nous suivre sur Twitter : @presseorange.

Orange et tout autre produit ou service d’Orange cités dans ce communiqué sont des marques détenues par Orange ou Orange Brand Services Limited.

 

 

à propos de Morphosis

Morphosis est l’un des acteurs de référence dans la valorisation des métaux rares en France, avec un chiffre d’affaires de 5 millions d’euro en 2012 et 30 salariés. Morphosis travaille en Europe, en Afrique et Moyen Orient avec le monde des télécommunications et de l’électronique afin de valoriser leurs déchets ou rebuts de fabrication et en refaire une matière première réutilisable en utilisant des process innovants à faible impact environnemental. Pour plus d’informations www.morphosis.fr ou pour nous suivre sur Twitter @MorphosisM76.

 

 

à propos de Emmaüs International

Emmaüs International compte 336 associations membres dans 37 pays d’Afrique, Amérique, Asie et Europe. Ces organisations mettent en œuvre localement des activités économiques avec les plus exclus pour l’accès aux droits fondamentaux de chacun, et démontrent par des actions collectives qu’il existe des alternatives crédibles aux situations d’injustice.

 

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Orange


 


 

Pour l’UIP il faut multiplier les mesures de protection des parlementaires en Somalie

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 23 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’Union interparlementaire (UIP) a appelé à renforcer les mesures de protection des parlementaires somaliens après l’assassinat de Saado Ali Warsame, quatrième parlementaire tuée cette année en Somalie par des activistes.

Saado Warsame était une chanteuse populaire de folk somalienne. Elle et son chauffeur ont été pris en embuscade par des tireurs, sur le trajet qui les devait les conduire à un hôtel de Mogadiscio.

Les chebab de Somalie, qui ont immédiatement revendiqué cet attentat, auraient menacé dans les premiers mois de l’année de tuer les parlementaires somaliens “un par un”.

L’UIP condamne ce crime honteux, dernier d’une série d’attaques contre des parlementaires déterminés à instaurer une démocratie pleinement fonctionnelle en Somalie après deux décennies de guerre civile et de troubles.

Bien que consciente de la difficulté d’assurer la sécurité en Somalie, l’UIP estime qu’il faut faire davantage pour protéger les représentants des citoyens. Elle engage la communauté internationale à aider la Somalie à renforcer ses capacités dans ce domaine.

“Nous sommes vivement préoccupés que des parlementaires soient constamment pris pour cibles, pour réduire à néant les efforts de consolidation de la démocratie. Ces actes cyniques représentent une menace pour celles et ceux qui s’efforcent de bâtir un avenir différent pour la Somalie, dans le but de les en dissuader”, tels sont les mots du Secrétaire général de l’UIP, Martin Chungong.

L’UIP engage en outre les autorités somaliennes à veiller à ce que les responsables de ces attaques contre des parlementaires soient traduits en justice. L’impunité ne peut qu’alimenter la violence contre les représentants légitimes du peuple somalien.

L’UIP suit de près la transition politique en Somalie et reconnaît les progrès qui ont été faits par le pays pour mettre en place un parlement représentatif après les élections législatives de 2012.

C’est ce qui a permis à la Somalie de regagner les rangs de l’UIP à la 129ème Assemblée que cette dernière a tenue à Genève, en octobre 2013.

 

SOURCE 

Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 23 July 2014

Greater efforts needed to protect MPs in Somalia, IPU says


 

Greater efforts needed to protect MPs in Somalia, IPU says

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has called for greater efforts to protect MPs in Somalia after the assassination of Saado Ali Warsame, the fourth parliamentarian killed this year by militants in the African country.

Warsame was also a popular singer of Somali folk music. She and her driver were ambushed on Wednesday by gunmen as they were heading to a hotel in Mogadishu.

Somalia’s Al Shabaab, which immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, had earlier this year reportedly threatened to kill the country’s parliamentarians “one by one”.

IPU condemns this reprehensible attack, the latest in a string of attacks against MPs committed to putting in place a fully functional democracy in Somalia after two decades of civil war and unrest.

While acknowledging the extremely challenging security situation in Somalia, IPU says more needs to be done to protect those we are representing the Somali people. It is urging the international community to help Somalia develop its capacity on this issue.

“We are deeply concerned by this continuous targeting of MPs aimed at destabilizing efforts to consolidate democracy. It is also a cynical action and an attempt to threaten and deter political involvement of those who are building a different future for Somalia.” says IPU’s Secretary General, Martin Chungong.

IPU also urges Somali authorities to ensure that those responsible for the attacks on MPs are brought to justice. Impunity can only lead to further violence against the legitimate representatives of the Somali people.

IPU has been closely following the political transition in Somalia and has acknowledged the progress made by the country in putting in place a functional and representative parliament following legislative elections in 2012.

As a result Somalia was able to re-join IPU at its 129th Assembly in Geneva in October 2013.

 

SOURCE 

Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)


 

UN Emergency Fund gives $75 million to boost aid operations in the Sahel and Horn of Africa

 

NEW YORK, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has allocated US$75 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost life-saving relief work in two of the world’s most neglected regions: the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

 

Eleven countries were selected based on a global review of critical aid operations that are facing funding deficits. “With so many crises competing for attention many people in need are forgotten. This allocation will help critical emergency operations in the Sahel and in the Horn of Africa, regions with high levels of malnutrition and food insecurity. People are hungry. Their plight was front-page news just two years ago. These countries could fall back into crisis if we don’t help now,” said the Emergency Relief Coordinator.

 

This is the second of two annual rounds of allocations from the CERF Underfunded Emergencies window, designed to ensure life-saving relief work continues in countries where needs are high but financial support is low. The funding will help relief agencies provide urgent aid to millions of people in these regions affected by violent conflict, mass displacement and deepening food insecurity.

 

Countries in the Horn will receive US$44.5 million. The largest single allocation, $20 million, will go to Somalia, where 2.9 million people are struggling to feed themselves. Humanitarian agencies in Ethiopia, Kenya and Eritrea will receive $12 million, $10 million and $2.5 million, respectively.

Another $30.5 million will allow aid agencies to boost emergency operations in seven countries in the Sahel: Niger ($8 million), Cameroon ($4.5 million) Senegal ($4.5 million), Burkina Faso ($4 million) Mauritania ($5 million), Nigeria ($3.5 million) and Gambia ($2.5 million).

 

With global humanitarian needs growing, this is the second consecutive year CERF is allocating $175 million for underfunded allocations, up from $150 million per year in 2012. When CERF was established in 2005, humanitarian appeals sought $6 billion in funding worldwide and by mid-2014, that amount has nearly tripled to $17 billion. Since its inception, CERF has allocated more than $3.4 billion for humanitarian agencies operating in 88 countries and territories.

 

“We thank our many donors for the $438 million pledged to CERF for 2014. This has helped us focus on the most critical funding gaps.” said Ms. Amos.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 23 July 2014

Soudan du Sud : le choléra menace des milliers de personnes

 

Soudan du Sud : le choléra menace des milliers de personnes

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 23 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Tandis que la saison des pluies va bientôt battre son plein au Soudan du Sud, le choléra continue de se propager dans ce pays ravagé par la guerre. La Croix-Rouge du Soudan du Sud, avec le soutien de ses partenaires du Mouvement international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, travaille d’arrache-pied dans les États de l’Équatoria oriental et du Haut-Nil pour éviter que l’épidémie ne gagne davantage de terrain.

 

Les mauvaises conditions sanitaires, ajoutées à la pénurie d’eau potable, font courir des risques supplémentaires à des milliers de personnes qui subissent déjà les effets de la violence. « L’épidémie de choléra qui a éclaté mi-juin s’est propagée très rapidement. Elle aurait déjà fait une centaine de victimes à ce jour, et elle touche désormais des milliers de personnes. Des mesures doivent être prises immédiatement si l’on veut éviter qu’elle ne gagne davantage de terrain », explique Jonathan Pease, ingénieur du CICR responsable du programme eau et assainissement de l’institution.

 

« L’absence de toilettes dans de nombreuses régions fait que, dès le début de la saison des pluies, les matières fécales sont emportées jusque dans les rivières où les gens vont puiser l’eau qu’ils consomment. Une telle pratique risque de leur être fatale si les mesures qui s’imposent ne sont pas prises à temps », ajoute-t-il.

 

Les activités menées conjointement par le CICR, la Croix-Rouge du Soudan du Sud, la Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge et d’autres Sociétés de Croix-Rouge pour remédier à cette épidémie varient d’un endroit à l’autre, en fonction de la situation sur place.

 

À Torit (État de l’Équatoria oriental), le CICR et la Croix-Rouge du Soudan du Sud ont mis en place un système d’urgence de traitement de l’eau qui permet d’approvisionner jusqu’à 40 000 personnes en eau potable. De son côté, la Fédération internationale met en œuvre des mesures visant à garantir l’approvisionnement en eau potable afin de prévenir les maladies mortelles transmises par l’eau.

 

« Quand j’ai réalisé combien de personnes le choléra tuait, j’ai été choqué. Les miens ne méritent pas ça. D’abord, ils sont tombés sous les balles et voici maintenant qu’une maladie qui peut facilement être évitée vient semer la mort », déplore Martin Lungur, un volontaire de la section de Torit de la Croix-Rouge du Soudan du Sud, âgé de 24 ans.

À Torit, des centaines de volontaires aussi déterminés que Martin se rendent de maison en maison pour distribuer des sels de réhydratation orale et du savon. Ils expliquent aussi aux gens les règles d’hygiène de base et les incitent à utiliser des comprimés pour purifier l’eau.

 

« Nous leur expliquons que se laver les mains et bouillir l’eau peut suffire à sauver des vies, poursuit Martin. Je me souviens de ce petit garçon de 8 ans rencontré dans une des maisons que nous avons visitées. Il avait le choléra, mais sa mère n’avait aucune idée de ce qu’elle devait faire pour l’aider. Je lui ai donné des sels de réhydratation et l’ai emmené à l’hôpital. Il a survécu. Lui avoir sauvé la vie est ce que j’ai fait de plus grand dans mon existence. »

 

Pour diffuser ces informations potentiellement vitales, la Croix-Rouge du Soudan du Sud a également recours à des spots radio et télévisés, ainsi qu’à des interventions de sensibilisation sur les marchés et dans d’autres lieux publics.

 

À Kodok et Lul, où il n’y a pas de radio locale, le CICR et la Croix-Rouge du Soudan du Sud utilisent des systèmes portables de sonorisation qu’ils installent dans les lieux publics. Notamment sur les embarcadères, où les deux organisations ont également mis en place des postes de traitement du choléra, ainsi que des bacs de désinfection et des lavabos pour les gens qui arrivent ou partent par bateau, afin de freiner la propagation du choléra.

 

Dans plusieurs autres comtés, la Croix-Rouge du Soudan du Sud, en coopération avec la Fédération internationale et d’autres Sociétés de Croix-Rouge, a lancé des activités de sensibilisation dans des zones où des flambées de choléra avaient été signalées. De son côté, le CICR mène des activités similaires dans les régions les plus durement touchées par le conflit armé.

 

Parallèlement, le CICR et la Croix-Rouge du Soudan du Sud s’emploient à :

 

•    améliorer le système d’approvisionnement en eau, notamment en étendant le réseau jusqu’aux centres de traitement du choléra et aux postes de santé primaire de Kodok ;

•    mettre en place un système de traitement de l’eau à Lul pour desservir quelque 6 000 personnes ;

•    installer des centres de réhydratation orale dans des endroits clés où des flambées de choléra ont été signalées ;

•    construire environ 125 latrines dans des lieux publics très fréquentés, comme les écoles et les marchés ;

•    distribuer du savon, des seaux et des jerrycans.

 

En outre, depuis le début de l’épidémie à la mi-juin, le CICR a :

 

•    distribué des articles d’hygiène et de l’eau chlorée, et optimisé l’approvisionnement en eau dans les prisons de Juba et de Torit ;

•    construit 300 latrines dans le comté d’Awerial (État des Lacs), qui abrite la plus importante concentration de personnes déplacées au Soudan du Sud, afin d’améliorer les conditions d’hygiène et d’assainissement et en guise de mesure préventive contre le choléra.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 23 July 2014

FIFA unterstützt Sierra Leone bei der Bekämpfung von Spielmanipulationen


 

FIFA unterstützt Sierra Leone bei der Bekämpfung von Spielmanipulationen

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Die FIFA unterstützt Sierra Leone bei der Bekämpfung von Spielmanipulationen. Die Präsidentin des Fussballverbands von Sierra Leone (SLFA), Isha Johansen, besprach am FIFA-Sitz in Zürich mit FIFA-Präsident Blatter, FIFA-Generalsekretär Jérôme Valcke sowie Vertretern der Division Sicherheit und der Disziplinarabteilung der FIFA, wie am besten gegen die Vielzahl von mutmasslichen Spielmanipulationen vorzugehen ist. Die FIFA-Division Sicherheit wird den SLFA folglich bei den vom SLFA eingeleiteten Untersuchungen und der Entwicklung eines eigenen nationalen Integritätsprogramms zur Bekämpfung von Korruption und Spielmanipulationen unterstützen. Ralf Mutschke, FIFA-Direktor Sicherheit, wird zu gegebener Zeit nach Sierra Leone reisen, um das Massnahmenprogramm fertigzustellen.

Bei den Gesprächen unterstrichen der FIFA-Präsident und der FIFA-Generalsekretär einmal mehr die Dringlichkeit, Spielmanipulationen zu bekämpfen, und versprachen umfassende Unterstützung seitens der FIFA. “Spielabsprachen rütteln an den Grundfesten des Sports, sprich Fairness, Respekt und Disziplin. Aus diesem Grund gilt für die FIFA Nulltoleranz, wenn diese Werte angegriffen werden. Wir werden deshalb den SLFA voll unterstützen”, bekräftigte FIFA-Präsident Blatter.

 

SOURCE 

International Federation of Football Association (FIFA)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 23 July 2014

La FIFA apoya la lucha de Sierra Leona contra el amaño de partidos


 

La FIFA apoya la lucha de Sierra Leona contra el amaño de partidos

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — La FIFA se ha comprometido a apoyar la lucha de Sierra Leona contra el amaño de partidos. La Presidenta de la Asociación de Fútbol de Sierra Leona (AFSL), Isha Johansen, se reunió en la sede de la FIFA con el Presidente Blatter, el Secretario General Jérôme y representantes de la División de Seguridad y del Departamento de Asuntos Disciplinarios y Gobernanza de la FIFA para debatir y buscar asesoramiento sobre la manera de hacer frente a la oleada de supuestos amaños de partidos de fútbol en Sierra Leona. En ellas, convinieron en que la División de Seguridad de la FIFA asistirá a la AFSL en su lucha contra la corrupción y la manipulación de partidos en dos frentes: colaborando con esta federación en sus investigaciones y ayudándola a establecer su propio programa nacional en materia de integridad. Próximamente, el propio director de la División de Seguridad de la FIFA, Ralf Mutschke, se desplazará a Sierra Leona para llevar a cabo estos planes.

Durante las reuniones, el Presidente de la FIFA y el Secretario General hicieron hincapié en que combatir el amaño de partidos es de vital importancia y se comprometieron a brindarle todo su apoyo. «El amaño de partidos atenta contra los valores esenciales del deporte, es decir, el juego limpio, el respeto y la disciplina. Por este motivo, la FIFA es inflexible ante toda infracción de estos principios y daremos todo nuestro apoyo a la AFSL», concluyó el Presidente Blatter.

 

SOURCE 

International Federation of Football Association (FIFA)


 

La FIFA soutient la Sierra Leone dans la lutte contre la manipulation de matches

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 23 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ La FIFA entend soutenir la Sierra Leone dans la lutte contre la manipulation de matches. En visite au siège de la FIFA pour rencontrer le Président de la FIFA, Joseph S. Blatter, le Secrétaire Général de la FIFA, Jérôme Valcke, ainsi que des représentants de la division Sécurité de la FIFA et du département Disciplinaire et Gouvernance, le président de la Fédération de Football de Sierra Leone (SLFA), Isha Johansen, est venu discuter et chercher des conseils sur la manière dont traiter les allégations de manipulations de matches qui ont actuellement cours au sein de la communauté du football de Sierra Leone. Il a été convenu que la division Sécurité de la FIFA aiderait la SLFA dans sa lutte contre la corruption et la manipulation de matches d’une part en soutenant l’enquête conduite par la SLFA et d’autre part en mettant en place le programme d’intégrité national de cette dernière. Ralf Mutschke, directeur de la division Sécurité de la FIFA, se rendra personnellement en Sierra Leone en temps utile afin de finaliser le programme d’actions.

Au cours des séances, le Président et le Secrétaire Général de la FIFA ont rappelé l’extrême importance de la lutte contre la manipulation de matches et ont promis un soutien total de la FIFA. « La manipulation de matches ébranle les fondations de notre sport, et notamment la sportivité, le respect et la discipline. C’est pour cela que la FIFA adopte une tolérance zéro lorsqu’il est porté atteinte à ces valeurs. Nous soutenons donc totalement la SLFA », a déclaré le Président de la FIFA.

 

SOURCE 

International Federation of Football Association (FIFA)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 23 July 2014

FIFA supports Sierra Leone in fight against match manipulation


 

FIFA supports Sierra Leone in fight against match manipulation

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — FIFA will support Sierra Leone in the fight against match manipulation. The President of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Isha Johansen visited the Home of FIFA to meet with FIFA President Blatter, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke and representatives from FIFA’s Security Division and Disciplinary & Governance Department to discuss and seek advice as to how to tackle the wave of match manipulation allegations regarding football in Sierra Leone. It was agreed that FIFA’s Security Division would assist the SLFA in its fight against corruption and match manipulation in two ways – by supporting the investigation conducted by the SLFA and by assisting it in setting up its own national integrity programme. FIFA Security Director Ralf Mutschke will in due course personally travel to Sierra Leone to finalise the plans.

During the meetings, the FIFA President and the Secretary General again underlined the utmost importance of combatting match manipulation and promised full support from FIFA. “Match fixing shakes the very foundations of sport, namely fair play, respect and discipline. That is why FIFA employs a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to any infringement of these values. We therefore fully support the SLFA,” said FIFA President Blatter.

 

SOURCE 

International Federation of Football Association (FIFA)


 

A forgotten tragedy – UN experts call for a stronger response to internal displacement in Nigeria

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Two United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of Nigeria and the international community for a swift and stronger response to the plight of some 3.3 million people displaced in the country due to violence since 2010, one of the highest numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world.

 

“International support to protect and assist those displaced has remained woefully insufficient and has not kept par with the speedy increase of IDPs in Nigeria”, warned the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani.

 

“Large scale internal displacement remains a national challenge in Nigeria,” Mr. Beyani noted. “The prevention of further displacement caused by indiscriminate killings, burning of villages and grenade attacks in crowded markets has to be a priority”.

 

The independent expert urged all parties to the hostilities to spare civilians and civilian areas, stressing that most of the displaced are women heads of households, many of them widows, and children.

 

“They have been the victims of violations, they have been traumatized, they have lost any means to provide for themselves, let alone their families, and they need urgent assistance,” he said. “Not only have IDPs lost all means to provide for themselves, but host communities have also exhausted their support capacity.”

 

The UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsak, who visited Nigeria in February 2014, explained that many of those displaced are persons belonging to ethnic and religious minorities who have been victims of violence.

 

“Urgent steps should be taken to address not only the symptoms but the root causes of the mass displacement that is affecting some regions,” Ms. Izsak said. “Causes frequently lie beyond ethnic or faith factors, such as competition for land and resources and solutions require good governance in addition to effective security responses.”

 

In addition to life saving activities, the Special Rapporteur on IDPs drew special attention to the urgent need to restore livelihoods, services and governance capacity needs in order to allow IDPs to find durable solutions in the near future.

 

“The Nigerian authorities should make it a priority to adopt its draft national policy on IDPs, to serve as a framework to more efficiently respond to the needs of the internally displaced, including the support for durable solutions,” Mr. Beyani said.

 

“The assistance and protection of the displaced is first and foremost the responsibility of the Government of Nigeria,” the Special Rapporteur noted, while commending recent efforts to assist over 200,000 IDPs.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


 

UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns assassination of female parliamentarian

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemned the assassination of Saado Ali Warsame, a female Member of the Somali Federal Parliament, and expressed his deep concern about the continued attacks targeting parliamentarians in the capital.

 

Ms Warsame and her driver were shot and killed as they travelled in a vehicle in Mogadishu today. In addition to being a parliamentarian, Ms Warsame was a well known singer whose loss will be felt across Somalia.

 

“I condemn the assassination of Saado Ali Warsame in the strongest terms possible. The role of Somali women in public life must be protected and respected by all,” SRSG Kay said.

 

“I call on the authorities to make every effort to bring the perpetrators to justice swiftly. We remain resolute in our support for the Somali people and their representatives as they work to realise their hope for a peaceful and stable future,” he added.

 

SRSG Kay offers his sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ms Warsame and her driver, as well as to the Federal Parliament of Somalia.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 23 July 2014

South Sudan: Cholera threatens lives of thousands during harsh rainy season

South Sudan: Cholera threatens lives of thousands during harsh rainy season

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — With the rainy season nearly at its peak in South Sudan, cholera continues to spread in the war-torn country. The South Sudan Red Cross is working hard to prevent further spread of the epidemic in Eastern Equatoria and Upper Nile states, supported by its Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners.

 

Inadequate sanitation conditions and a lack of safe drinking water put thousands already affected by violence at further risk. “With thousands of people affected and nearly 100 deaths reported already, the cholera epidemic that begun mid-June has rapidly spread. The epidemic spreads fast if no immediate measures are taken,” said ICRC engineer Jonathan Pease, who is coordinating the organization’s water and sanitation response.

 

“The lack of toilets in many areas and the onset of the rainy season means that faeces are being washed into the rivers from which people have to obtain their drinking water. This can be deadly if appropriate measures are not taken in time,” he added.

 

The combined response of the ICRC, the South Sudan Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and other Red Cross Societies differs from one location to another, depending on the local situation.

 

In Torit, the ICRC and the South Sudan Red Cross have created an emergency water treatment system that is providing up to 40,000 people with safe drinking water. The Federation is also responding with safe water solutions to fight deadly disease.

 

“When I heard that cholera was killing so many people, I was shocked. My people don’t deserve it. First they were killed by bullets and now a disease that can easily be prevented is killing them,” explained Martin Lungur, 24, a South Sudan Red Cross volunteer from Torit.

 

In Torit, hundreds of committed volunteers like Martin are going house-to-house, distributing oral rehydration salts and soap and demonstrating how to take care of basic hygiene and use water purification tablets.

 

“We tell people that washing hands and boiling water can save their lives,” Martin continues. “I remember this eight year old boy in one of the houses we visited. He had cholera but his mother had no idea what to do about it. I gave him oral salts and took him to hospital. He survived. Saving his life is the biggest achievement of my life.”

To pass on this potentially life-saving information, South Sudan Red Cross personnel are also using radio spots, talk shows and presentations at markets and other public places.

 

In Kodok and Lul, where local radio is unavailable, the ICRC and South Sudan Red Cross are setting up portable sound systems in public places. These include the port, where the two organizations have installed cholera treatment centres, footbaths and hand washing facilities for people arriving and leaving by boat to prevent spread of cholera.

 

In several other counties, the South Sudan Red Cross has launched awareness activities in the areas affected by cholera outbreaks, working with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and other Red Cross Societies. The ICRC is complementing this response in areas particularly affected by armed conflict.

 

At the same time, the ICRC and the South Sudan Red Cross are also:

•    improving the existing water supply system and extending networks to reach cholera treatment centres and primary health centres in Kodok;

•    setting up water treatment in Lul for some 6,000 people;

•    installing oral rehydration stations in key locations affected by the outbreak;

•    constructing some 125 latrines in important public places such as schools and markets;

•    distributing soap, buckets and jerrycans.

 

Since the beginning of the epidemic in mid-June, the ICRC has:

•    provided hygiene items, chlorinated water and an increased water supply in Juba and Torit prisons;

•    constructed 300 latrines in Awerial County in Lakes state, home to the single largest concentration of displaced people in South Sudan, to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions and as a preventive measure against cholera.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 23 July 2014

Le député Opitz fera une annonce concernant l’aide humanitaire en Somalie


 

Le député Opitz fera une annonce concernant l’aide humanitaire en Somalie

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 23 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ M.Ted Opitz, député d’Etobicoke-Centre, au nom de l’honorable Christian Paradis, ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie, prononcera une allocution à l’occasion d’une activité à Etobicoke, en Ontario.

Durant cette allocution, M.Opitz fera une annonce concernant l’aide humanitaire du Canada en Somalie.

Date: Le jeudi 24 juillet 2014

Heure: 18h 45

Endroit: Église luthérienne St.Philip’s 61, promenade West Deane Park Etobicoke, Ontario

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 23 July 2014

MP Opitz to Make an Announcement Regarding Humanitarian Assistance in Somalia


 

MP Opitz to Make an Announcement Regarding Humanitarian Assistance in Somalia

 

OTTAWA, Canada, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Ted Opitz, Member of Parliament (Etobicoke Centre), on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will deliver remarks at an event in Etobicoke, Ontario.

During the remarks, MP Opitz will make an announcement regarding Canadian humanitarian assistance in Somalia.

Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Time: 6:45 p.m.

Place: St. Philip’s Lutheran Church 61 West Deane Park DriveEtobicoke, ON

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

La secrétaire parlementaire McLeod annoncera des fonds supplémentaires d’aide humanitaire pour les enfants dans la République démocratique du Congo

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 23 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Mme Cathy McLeod, secrétaire parlementaire de la ministre du Travail et pour la Diversification de l’économie de l’Ouest canadien, animera une table ronde sur la santé des mères, des nouveau-nés et des enfants. Elle sera accompagnée de Mme Joyce Bateman, députée de Winnipeg-Centre-Sud.

Lors de la table ronde, Mme McLeod annoncera, au nom de l’honorable Christian Paradis, ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie, le versement de fonds supplémentaires au chapitre de l’aide humanitaire pour répondre aux besoins des enfants de la République démocratique du Congo.

Date : Le jeudi 24 juillet 2014

Heure : 12 h

Lieu : Centre de loisirs de Fort Rouge, 625 rue Osborne, Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

PS McLeod to Announce New Funding for Humanitarian Assistance for Children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

 

OTTAWA, Canada, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Ms. Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and for Western Economic Diversification, will host a round table meeting on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH). She will be joined by Ms. Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre.

During the round table, PS McLeod will make an announcement on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, on additional humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Time: 12 p.m.

Place: Fort Rouge Leisure Centre, 625 Osborne St., Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Switzerland commits a further CHF 500,000 to fight Ebola epidemic in West Africa

 

BERN, Switzerland, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The SDC is allocating CHF 500,000 to support Médecins Sans Frontières-Switzerland (MSF-Suisse) in its work to combat the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This further contribution to MSF-Suisse is in addition to the annual amount the SDC gives to it and also to the World Health Organisation (WHO), which is coordinating the international response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

 

In view of the spread of the Ebola epidemic across West Africa, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has decided to allocate CHF 500,000 to supporting the work of MSF-Suisse. The contribution is in response to an appeal launched by the NGO. It will enable MSF-Suisse to strengthen the measures it is employing to stem the spread of the virus and to treat those infected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries affected by the epidemic.

 

The SDC facilitated the work of MSF-Suisse in Liberia when the first cases of infection appeared in March, providing accommodation in its humanitarian programme office in Monrovia for several members of the NGO. The contribution of CHF 500,000 is in addition to the CHF 6 million donated by the SDC to MSF-Suisse in 2014 to support its programmes around the world.

 

At the international level, the WHO is coordinating efforts to fight and prevent the spread of the Ebola epidemic. The WHO convened an emergency ministerial-level meeting in Accra at the beginning of July, with a view to stopping the spread of the virus as quickly as possible. The ministers present agreed that the current situation posed a serious threat for all the countries of the region and beyond, and the principle of coordinated action by all parties involved was adopted. Switzerland’s total contribution to the WHO in 2014 amounted to approximately CHF 12 million.

 

Detected in West Africa four months ago, this epidemic has surpassed all other cases of Ebola virus propagation recorded on the continent, in terms of numbers infected, deaths and geographic spread. To date over 1000 cases including more than 600 deaths were recorded in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This is the first time the virus has spread across an entire region, reaching the major urban centres of Conakry and Monrovia, the respective capitals of Guinea and Liberia.

 

The SDC is continuing to monitor closely the situation on the ground via its network of partners and from its programme office in Liberia. Within Liberia, especially in Lofa County, which is the main centre of the epidemic, the SDC has undertaken several concrete measures to support the authorities and local partners, including emergency situation training for medical staff, distribution of protective material for health-care staff and support in disseminating preventive measures via printed brochures and local radio.

 

SOURCE 

Switzerland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC SANCTIONS COMMITTEE DRAWS ATTENTIONTO RECOMMENDATION IN PANEL OF EXPERTS INTERIM REPORT

 

NEW YORK, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On 21 July 2014, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2127 (2013) concerning the Central African Republic drew attention to the recommendation contained in paragraph 113 (b) of the interim report of the Panel of Experts on the Central African Republic dated 1 July 2014 (document S/2014/452), which is available on the Committee’s website: http://www.un.org/sc/committees/2127/panelofexperts.shtml.

 

Paragraph 113 [page 26] The Panel recommends that:

 

“(b) The Committee urge all parties, including countries of the Central African region, INTERPOL and regional and subregional organizations, to enhance information-sharing and joint action to investigate and combat regional criminal networks involved in the illegal exploitation of and trade in natural resources, including wildlife and wildlife products.”

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

Mali : Les premières victimes entendues par la justice sur fond de négociations politiques : la lutte contre l’impunité ne doit pas être sacrifiée

 

PARIS, France, 23 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Des victimes de violations graves des droits humains lors du conflit au Nord du Mali en 2012 constituées parties civiles et accompagnées par la FIDH et l’AMDH ont, pour la première fois, témoigné devant la justice malienne ces derniers jours. Alors que ces auditions constituent une première étape pour donner la parole aux victimes, nos organisations s’inquiètent de voir la lutte contre l’impunité des auteurs des crimes les plus graves remise en cause par les négociations politiques en cours et l’échange de présumés responsables de violations des droits humains contre des prisonniers de guerre. Nos organisations réaffirment l’importance de la tenue de négociations politiques permettant d’aboutir à un accord de paix définitif, inclusif mais rejettent toute impunité pour les auteurs des crimes les plus graves, l’impunité étant l’une des causes du conflit actuel.

 

Plusieurs victimes de graves violations des droits humains ont été entendues par des juges d’instruction maliens ces derniers jours. Ces auditions sont les premières de victimes constituées parties civiles dans les procédures judiciaires ouvertes par la justice nationale sur les crimes perpétrés au Nord du Mali sous le contrôle des groupes armés.

 

« Que des juges d’instruction maliens puissent entendre pour la première fois des victimes des graves violations des droits humains perpétrées au Nord du Mali est une première victoire pour toutes les victimes qui veulent que leur histoire soit entendue, que la vérité éclate et que leurs bourreaux soient jugés » a déclaré Maître Patrick Baudouin, responsable du Groupe d’action judiciaire et président d’Honneur de la FIDH.

 

Le 24 juin 2014, l’AMDH et la FIDH avaient rencontré le président de la République qui avait réaffirmé à la délégation son attachement à une solution pacifique, négociée tout en ne ménageant aucune impunité aux auteurs de violations des droits humains.

 

« Les négociations politiques sont un impératif pour parvenir à un accord de paix définitif et inclusif respectant l’unité nationale mais seraient un échec si les droits des victimes à la justice, à la vérité et à la réparation n’étaient pas garantis », a déclaré Maître Moctar MARIKO, Président de l’AMDH.

 

Le 15 juillet 2014, le gouvernement malien a procédé à la libération puis à l’échange de 42 éléments des groupes armés présumés auteurs de graves violations de droits de l’homme et inculpés par la justice malienne, contre 45 éléments des forces armées et de sécurité capturés par les groupes armés lors des combats 17 mai 2014 à Kidal. Cet échange de prisonniers est intervenu à la veille de l’ouverture des négociations politiques, le 16 juillet 2014 à Alger.

 

« Si nous comprenons les raisons humanitaires de cet échange, de telles libérations à caractère politique peuvent être préjudiciables aux droits légitimes des victimes à voir avancer les procédures judiciaires relatives aux crimes commis au nord, nomment garantir que les responsables répondent de leurs actes au cours d’un procès juste et équitable », a déclaré M. Karim Lahidji, président de la FIDH.

 

Ces événements se déroulent sur fond d’une recrudescence de combats et d’altercations armées entre belligérants dans le but d’être en position de force au cours des négociations politiques qui ont débuté à Alger depuis le 16 juillet 2014.

 

Ainsi, le 10 juillet 2014 aux alentours de Tabankort (près d’Anéfis) les éléments armés du Mouvement national de libération de l’Azawad (MNLA) du Haut Conseil pour l’unicité de l’Azawad (HCUA) et du Mouvement arabe de l’Azawad (MAA) se sont violemment affrontés avec des hommes de la coalition tripartite. Cette coalition, proche des autorités de Bamako, est composée d’une partie du Mouvement arabe de l’Azawad dirigé par Ahmed Sidi Ould Mohamed (MAA loyaliste), des membres de la tribu touareg des Imghads et de la Coordination des mouvements et forces patriotiques de résistance (CM-FPR).

 

Le 15 juillet 2014, une attaque suicide revendiquée plus tard par le groupe groupe jihadiste Al-Mourabitoune de Mocktar Belmoktar, un ancien chef d’AQMI, a ciblé des forces françaises dans le secteur d’Al Moustarat à une centaine de kilomètres de Gao. 7 militaires français ont été touchés par l’explosion. L’un des trois militaires grièvement blessés, le légionnaire Dejvid Nikolic, est décédé dans la soirée selon les autorités françaises. Il s’agit du neuvième soldat tué au Mali depuis le lancement de l’opération Serval en janvier 2013 et le premier à décéder des suites d’une attaque suicide, bien que des telles opérations aient déjà eu lieu dans le nord du pays contre des casernes où étaient stationnés des soldats français et africains.

 

Depuis le 20 juillet 2014, de violents affrontements entre des groupes armés se réclamant du Mouvement arabe de l’Azawad (MAA) d’un côté et du Mouvement national de libération de l’Azawad (MNLA) de l’autre se déroulent à Tarkint dans le cercle de Bourem.

 

Rappel des faits :

 

Le 18 juin 2013, le gouvernement du Mali et la coordination du Mouvement National de Libération Nationale de l’Azawad (MNLA) et du Haut Conseil pour l’unicité de l’Azawad (HCUA) ont conclu à Ouagadougou un « accord préliminaire à l’élection présidentielle et aux pourparlers inclusifs de paix au Mali » ayant permis la tenue, en juillet et août 2013, d’un scrutin présidentiel. Cet accord avait prévu entre autres la conclusion d’un accord définitif 60 jours après l’élection présidentielle, le cantonnement des groupes armés, la mise en place d’une commission d’enquête internationale sur les crimes commis au nord et la prise des « mesures de confiance ». En dépit de ces engagements, la Commission d’enquête internationale n’a pas encore été mise en place.

 

En octobre 2013, le gouvernement du Mali a procédé à la levée de six mandats d’arrêts et à la libération de 23 éléments du MNLA et HCUA.

 

Le 17 Mai 2014, lors de la visite du Premier ministre Moussa Mara à Kidal, huit fonctionnaires maliens ont été tués dans le gouvernorat et 32 autres arrêtés au cours de violents combats entre les forces de sécurité maliennes et les groupes armés avant qu’ils ne soient relâchés le 19 mai 2014.

 

Le 21 mai 2014, les forces armées maliennes (FAMA) ont lancé une offensive contre les groupes armés de Kidal qui s’est soldée par une soixantaine de morts et plusieurs dizaines de prisonniers chez les FAMA et des dizaines de morts parmi les groupes armés, notamment le MNLA et HCUA.

 

Face à cette escalade de la violence et ces violations du cessez-le-feu, nos organisations avaient exhorté les parties à venir à la table de négociations.

 

Les négociations politiques qui se sont ouvertes à Alger le 16 juillet 2014, regroupent d’un côté le gouvernement malien et la Coordination des mouvements et forces patriotiques de résistance (CMF-PR) et de l’autre côté les groupes armés du Mouvement National de Libération Nationale de l’Azawad (MNLA), du Haut Conseil pour l’unicité de l’Azawad (HCUA) et du Mouvement arabe de l’Azawad (MAA). La Coordination des mouvements et forces patriotiques de résistance (CMF-PR) regroupent les éléments des milices armées pro-gouvernementales de Ganda-Koy, le Front de Libération des régions Nord du Mali (FLN), de Ganda-Izo, de l’Alliance des communautés de la région de Tombouctou (ACRT), de la Force armée contre l’occupation (FACO), et du Cercle de réflexion et d’Action (CRA).

 

Sous l’égide des Nations unies, de la CEDEAO et de 5 pays de la région dont l’Algérie, les négociations politiques doivent permettre d’aboutir à un accord de paix dans le respect de l’intégrité territoriale du Mali selon les termes négociés pendant de longs mois en vue de la tenue de ces négociations.

 

SOURCE 

International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)


 

De acordo com um relatório da PwC, o setor de petróleo e gás em África continua a demonstrar um crescimento significativo, apesar da insegurança regulamentar e da corrupção

 

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Os desafios que as empresas do setor de petróleo e gás com operações em África enfrentam continuam a ser variados, muitos agravados por fraude, corrupção, roubo, más infraestruturas e uma falta de recursos especializados, entre outros. A insegurança regulamentar e os atrasos na aprovação de leis estão a inibir gravemente o desenvolvimento do setor em muitos países do continente. “Alguns dos principais intervenientes adiaram ou cancelaram projetos até que a situação fique mais clara nas suas jurisdições, pois não é possível avançarem se permanecerem dúvidas, devido à necessidade de investimentos a longo prazo”, afirma Chris Bredenhann, Líder de Consultoria para Petróleo e Gás em África da PwC (http://www.pwc.com).

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“Devido ao número de desafios que este mercado apresenta, é preciso elaborar um plano meticuloso”, acrescenta Bredenhann.

 

O ‘Africa oil & gas review’ (Relatório sobre petróleo e gás em África) da PwC analisa os acontecimentos dos últimos 12 meses na indústria de petróleo e gás nos principais mercados de África. O inquérito recolhe a experiência e as opiniões valiosas dos intervenientes da indústria em África, que incluem empresas petrolíferas internacionais com operações no continente, empresas petrolíferas nacionais, empresas de prestação de serviços, organizações petrolíferas independentes e comentadores da indústria, para ajudar a compreender os mais recentes desenvolvimentos que afetam a indústria.

 

O Relatório mostra que a indústria de petróleo e gás em África continua a apresentar um crescimento substancial, com o desenvolvimento de novas províncias de hidrocarbonetos a um ritmo significativo. “As grandes descobertas de gás em Moçambique e na Tanzânia fizeram com que o mundo visse a África Oriental como um interveniente emergente na indústria global”, afirma Bredenhann.

 

Está comprovada a existência de reservas de gás em África na ordem dos 502 triliões de pés cúbicos (Tcf), sendo que 90% da produção anual de gás natural do continente, de 6,5 Tcf, provem da Nigéria, da Líbia, da Argélia e do Egito.

 

Desenvolvimento das atividades

 

Os principais desafios identificados pelas organizações da indústria de petróleo e gás permanecem praticamente inalterados, destes os três problemas do contexto da insegurança regulamentar, da corrupção e das fracas infraestruturas, também foram identificados como os principais desafios em 2010 e 2012.

 

Apesar de o contexto de insegurança regulamentar continuar a ser uma preocupação para toda a indústria, a Nigéria foi um dos poucos países em que os inquiridos não a consideravam como um dos três principais desafios para o desenvolvimento da indústria. De acordo com o Relatório, isto sugere que as empresas aceitaram a não ratificação da Petroleum Industry Bill (Lei para a indústria petrolífera – PIB), cujo processo de implementação dura há já seis anos.

 

Noutros países em que existe incerteza no que respeita ao desenvolvimento ou à revisão de políticas energéticas, como na África do Sul, na RDC e na Tanzânia, os inquiridos indicaram que o contexto de insegurança regulamentar era um impedimento significativo para o desenvolvimento de uma atividade de petróleo e gás em África.

 

A inadequação das infraestruturas básicas também obteve uma classificação superior neste Relatório, em comparação com anos anteriores. Os inquiridos estão preocupados com a falta de infraestruturas em países em vias de desenvolvimento e com as consequências negativas que isso poderá ter nas suas atividades, especialmente aqueles com operações na Nigéria, Namíbia, Madagáscar e na África do Sul. As questões relativas à tributação também se tornaram um motivo de preocupação para empresas por todo o continente, dado que a tributação incerta e a implementação de novas leis tributárias criaram um esforço financeiro adicional para as empresas.

 

Financiamento e investimento

 

Os inquiridos indicaram que as suas empresas terão de contar em grande medida com o autofinanciamento para financiar as suas atividades nos próximos 12 meses. As empresas de exploração e produção não estão a financiar as suas operações como os outros intervenientes, com menos de 40% do financiamento com origem no autofinanciamento. Isto pode ser atribuído principalmente a blocos e a regiões que ainda não entraram em produção. No caso das empresas de exploração e produção, a concessão (farm-out) é a segunda forma de financiamento mais comum em África, com cerca de 100 acordos de concessão celebrados no continente em 2013.

 

As empresas de exploração e produção também indicaram que o financiamento com capitais próprios havia sido mais difícil em 2012 e 2013, mas começou a ser mais recorrente à medida que investidores consideraram África como um bom investimento, apesar do difícil ano que se registou no mercado. A indústria tornou-se um dos maiores setores para atividades de fusão e aquisição em África. Ocorreram, em média, transações no valor de 1 bilião de dólares americanos a cada 17 dias na indústria de petróleo e gás durante o ano de 2013 e espera-se maior atividade à medida que forem abertas novas rondas de licenciamento e a insegurança regulamentar for removida.

 

Combate à fraude e à corrupção

 

Não menos que 90% dos inquiridos indicou que as suas empresas têm programas antifraude e anticorrupção implementados. Destes, 54% acreditam que o programa é muito eficaz na prevenção ou na deteção de fraude e corrupção. Seis porcento das organizações indicaram que os seus programas antifraude e anticorrupção não foram eficazes, o que representa uma não alteração em relação aos dados de 2012. O aspeto mais preocupante é 9% das empresas terem indicado que não tinham implementado qualquer programa.

 

Segurança, saúde, ambiente e qualidade

 

As organizações identificaram a qualidade, segurança, saúde e meio ambiente (QSSA) como os principais fatores que poderiam afetar as atividades das empresas nos próximos três anos. “Isto não surpreende, pois as empresas reconhecem que o meio ambiente, a saúde humana e a segurança são questões urgentes, que, quando analisadas juntamente com as alterações regulamentares e as fracas infraestruturas, levam a uma avaliação cuidadosa do risco e esforço financeiro de trabalhar em determinadas zonas”, adianta Bredenhann.

 

Desenvolvimento de competências locais e crescimento socioeconómico

 

O mandato para o desenvolvimento de competências locais tornou-se uma preocupação para atividades no setor de petróleo e gás em África. Em 2012, o estudo mostrou que 25% de todo o pessoal nas empresas inquiridas era composto por expatriados. Este ano, a proporção de expatriados sofreu uma redução significativa, para apenas 10,6% do pessoal inquirido.

 

Felizmente, a maior parte das empresas conseguiu preencher os cargos de administração média a superior, bem como as funções de especialistas técnicos, com pessoal local. Mais de 70% das empresas afirmou que as competências, a formação e o desenvolvimento do pessoal estão entre as cinco principais prioridades estratégicas para os próximos cinco anos. Bredenhann afirma: “Isto mostra a importância das iniciativas de talento local para a indústria e o valor que o desenvolvimento de competências tem na ordem de trabalhos ao nível da administração.”

 

Excelência operacional

 

Empresas de exploração e produção, de prestação de serviços e outras novas, pequenas e ágeis, bem como grandes multinacionais devem continuar a procurar oportunidades para operar de forma eficiente e eficaz, reduzir os custos e criar valor para as partes interessadas através de excelência operacional.  O planeamento insuficiente foi apontado como o fator interno mais prejudicial para a excelência operacional de uma empresa na indústria de petróleo e gás. Em África é preciso que haja uma redução no número de eventos imprevistos, uma boa governação e que sejam implementados prazos realistas para se conseguir gerir custos e melhorar a eficiência das operações.

 

Manutenção do crescimento e do desenvolvimento

 

Os governos e as empresas petrolíferas nacionais desempenham um papel importante na sustentabilidade do crescimento e do desenvolvimento no setor de petróleo e gás em África. Muitos países africanos possuem muitas leis e regulamentações rígidas, as quais criam desafios que as empresas e os investidores internacionais têm de superar. “Como tal, se as empresas e os países pretenderem manter o crescimento e o desenvolvimento em África, o planeamento das operações tem de ser muito bem pensado, tendo em consideração o crescimento da procura, os requisitos de infraestruturas, as necessidades de investimento, as possíveis estratégias a longo prazo e o papel do governo”, conclui Bredenhann.

 

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).

 

 

Contactos

Chris Bredenhann: Líder de Consultoria para Petróleo e Gás em África da PwC

Escritório: + 27 21 529 2005

E-mail: chris.bredenhann@za.pwc.com

 

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Lindiwe Magana, Diretora de Relações com a Comunicação Social

Escritório: +27 11 797 5042

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SOURCE 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC)


 

Entretien de M. Laurent Fabius avec Mme Hiroute Guébré Selassié, envoyée spéciale du secrétaire général des Nations unies pour le Sahel

 

PARIS, France, 23 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ COMMUNIQUÉ TECHNIQUE

 

M. Laurent Fabius, ministre des Affaires étrangères et du développement international, recevra Mme Hiroute Guébré Selassié, envoyée spéciale du secrétaire général des Nations unies pour le Sahel, jeudi 24 juillet 2014 à 10h au Quai d’Orsay.

 

Un tour images est prévu avant le début de la rencontre. Les photographes et cameramen intéressés sont priés de s’accréditer à l’adresse suivante : accreditations.presse@diplomatie.gouv.fr.

 

Ils sont invités à se présenter, munis de leur carte de presse, à partir de 9h40 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


 

Africa’s oil & gas sector continues to show substantial growth, despite regulatory uncertainty and corruption, according to PwC Review

 

PwC’s ‘Africa oil & gas review’ analyses what has happened in the last 12 months in the oil & gas industry within the major African markets

 

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The challenges facing oil & gas companies operating in Africa continue to be diverse and numerous fuelled by fraud, corruption, theft, poor infrastructure and a lack of skilled resources, among others. Regulatory uncertainty and delays in passing laws are severely inhibiting sector development in many countries around the continent. “Some key players have delayed or cancelled projects until further clarity can be sought in their respective jurisdictions as they cannot move forward with doubts given the long-term nature of the needed investments,” says Chris Bredenhann, PwC Africa Oil & Gas Advisory Leader (http://www.pwc.com).

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“As a result of the number of challenges in the market, meticulous planning is required,” adds Bredenhann.

 

PwC’s ‘Africa oil & gas review’ analyses what has happened in the last 12 months in the oil & gas industry within the major African markets. The survey draws upon the valuable experience and views of industry players in Africa, including international oil companies operating on the continent, national oil companies, services companies, independent oil organisations and industry commentators, to provide insight into the latest developments affecting the industry.

 

The Review shows that the oil & gas industry in Africa continues to show substantial growth, with new hydrocarbon provinces developing at a significant pace. “Large gas finds in Mozambique and Tanzania have caused the world to take note of East Africa as an emerging player in the global industry,’ says Bredenhann.

 

Africa has proven natural gas reserves of 502 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) with 90% of the continent’s annual natural gas production of 6.5Tcf coming from Nigeria, Libya, Algeria and Egypt.

 

Developing the business

 

The major challenges identified by organisations in the oil & gas industry have remained largely unchanged with the top three issues of uncertain regulatory framework, corruption and poor physical infrastructure also identified as the biggest challenges in 2010 and 2012.

 

While uncertain regulatory frameworks remain a concern across the industry, Nigeria was one of the few countries where respondents did not consider it to be of the top-three challenges to developing the industry. According to the Review, this suggests that companies have accepted the lack of ratification of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which has been in the process of implementation for six years.

 

In other countries where uncertainty exists concerning the development or revision of energy policies, such as South Africa, DRC and Tanzania, respondents indicated that the uncertain regulatory framework was a significant impediment to developing an African oil & gas business.

 

The inadequacy of basic infrastructure also ranked much higher in the current Review than in prior years. Respondents are concerned about the lack of infrastructure in developing countries and the negative consequences this may have for their businesses, especially those operating in Nigeria, Namibia, Madagascar and South Africa. Taxation issues have also become a concern to companies across Africa as uncertain taxation as well as new tax laws have created an additional financial burden for companies.

 

Financing and Investing

 

Respondents indicated that their companies will largely be relying on their own cash flows to fund their own businesses over the next 12 months. E&P companies are funding their operations differently from the other industry players with less than 40% of funding coming from cash flow. This can largely be attributed to blocks and regions yet to come into production. For E&P companies, farm-outs are the second-most common form of financing in Africa, with around 100 farm-out deals being made across the continent during 2013.

 

E&P companies also stated that equity funding was more difficult during the course of 2012 and 2013; however, it has started to pick up momentum as investors look to Africa as a good place to invest despite a difficult year in the market. The industry has become one of the biggest sectors for merger and acquisition activities in Africa. On average, transactions worth USD1 billion occurred every 17 days in the oil & gas industry during 2013, with more activity expected as new licence rounds are opened up and regulatory uncertainty is removed.

 

Combatting fraud and corruption

 

No less than 90% of respondents indicated that their companies have anti-fraud and anti-corruption programmes in place. Of these, 54% believe that the programme is very effective at preventing or detecting fraud and corruption. Six percent of organisations indicated that their anti-fraud and anti-corruption programmes were ineffective, the same level as the 2012 research. More worrying is that 9% of the companies stated that they had no programmes in place at all.

 

Safety, health, environment and quality

 

Organisations identified safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) as the most significant factor that would affect their companies’ businesses over the next three years. “This is not a surprise as companies recognise the environment and human health and security as a pressing issue which, when viewed in conjunction with regulatory changes and poor infrastructure, will have resulted in their carefully assessing the risk and financial burden of working in certain areas,” adds Bredenhann.

 

Developing local skills and socio-economic growth

 

The mandate for local skills development has become a concern for businesses operating in the oil & gas sector throughout Africa. In 2012, the survey showed that 25% of the total workforce at respondents’ companies comprised expatriates. This year, the proportion of expatriates has dropped significantly – down to a mere 10.6% of the workforce surveyed.

 

Fortunately, most companies have been able to fill middle to senior management as well as specialist technical roles with locals from their host nations. Over 70% of companies acknowledged that skills, people training and development are among their top-five strategic priorities over the next five years. Bredenhann says: “This shows the importance that industry is placing on local content initiatives and the significance that skills development has on executive-level agendas.”

 

Operational excellence

 

New, small and agile, E&P, service and other companies as well as large multinationals should continue to find opportunities to operate efficiently and effectively, reduce cost and create stakeholder value through operational excellence.  Insufficient planning was noted as the most important internal factor hindering operational excellence for a business in the oil and gas industry. In Africa the reduction in the number of surprises, the need for good governance and realistic schedules were deemed necessary for cost management and improved operational efficiencies.

 

Sustaining growth and development

 

Governments and national oil companies play a significant role in sustaining growth and development in Africa’s oil & gas sector. Many African countries have a host of stringent laws and regulations that create challenges for companies and international investors to overcome. “Operational planning therefore needs to be carefully thought out, taking into account demand growth, infrastructure requirements, investment needs and potential, long-term strategies and the role of government if companies and countries want to sustain growth and development in Africa,” concludes Bredenhann.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).

 

 

Contacts

Chris Bredenhann: PwC Africa Oil & Gas Advisory Leader

Office: + 27 21 529 2005

Email: chris.bredenhann@za.pwc.com

 

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Lindiwe Magana, Media Relations Manager

Office: +27 11 797 5042

E-mail: lindiwe.magana@za.pwc.com

 

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry Joint Statements After Meeting With Egyptian President al-Sisi

 

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Remarks

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Presidential Palace

Cairo, Egypt

July 22, 2014

 

FOREIGN MINISTER SHOUKRY: (Via interpreter) Good morning. It’s my pleasure to welcome U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry here in Cairo. This visit comes at a very critical time and in the midst of intensified Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire agreement on the basis of the plan it has proposed and in the midst of intensified contacts between the various Palestinian factions and the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

I would also – Mr. John Kerry met today with our president and we held bilateral meetings at the foreign ministry. And I welcome Mr. Kerry’s and the U.S. Administration’s efforts to broker a cease-fire agreement based on the Egyptian proposal. Our visions are – we have reached a common vision, which is to push the Palestinians and Israel to reach a cease-fire agreement and to put an end to the bloodshed and the killing of innocent women and children, and also to respond rationally to the initiative which has received wide and broad international support, and it has – it addresses all aspects and all needs of the various parties.

And I would also like to seize this opportunity to urge both sides to reach a cease-fire agreement and to lift the suffering of the Palestinian people and allow for humanitarian efforts and aid efforts to enter – or to proceed on the basis of the Egyptian initiative which has received wide support. And also I would like to refer to the U.S. contribution in this regard and the – its announcement of the contribution of $47 million in humanitarian aid.

And our discussions have addressed several issues of – several regional issues of common concern, and in this regard we welcome the U.S. condemnation of the terrorist act that took place in Egypt and in which 21 of our border guards were killed. It reflects our agreement and common understanding that we should intensify our efforts to fight this phenomena that not just threatens regional peace but also international peace and security.

And without much ado, I will now give the opportunity to Secretary Kerry to speak, and I would like to note that there will be no questions or answers afterwards, but he’ll be making a statement.

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you very much, Foreign Minister Shoukry. Thank you for your welcome. Thank you for your very constructive efforts and work together not just with the United States, but with the United Nations and many other countries that are interested in trying to find a way forward to achieve a cease-fire, and ultimately to achieve peace and stability for the region.

As the foreign minister said, we’re just going to make statements now and not take questions at this point because we are continuing to work and there is more work to be done. But I want to thank President Sisi and I want to thank my counterpart, Foreign Minister Shoukry, for his very generous welcome this morning, for the time we spent together, and now for the time that we have just spent with the president of Egypt, during which we discussed not only principally the crisis with respect to Gaza, but we also talked about counterterrorism efforts, our mutual interests; we talked about Libya and the region.

I want to extend on behalf of the United States our deepest condolences to the people of Egypt and to the families, particularly, for the soldiers who were lost in the Western Desert. And it only underscores the reasons for our cooperation and the significant challenges that we all face.

I want to thank the people of Egypt for their hard work in transitioning to a democracy through their election and in making difficult choices with respect to their economy and the future today. And I particularly thank them for supporting their president in the effort to try to find an end to the conflict in Gaza and particularly to try to bring an immediate cease-fire. The United States is very grateful for Egypt’s leadership and we’re here today – I am here personally at the request of President Obama – to immediately try to find a way to support Egypt’s initiative.

Since I landed in Cairo last night, I’ve had the opportunity to sit down with President Sisi, Foreign Minister Shoukry, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon late last night, the Arab League Secretary General al-Araby, and the intelligence chief for the Palestinian Authority, Majid Faraj.

INTERPRETER: I’m sorry. Okay.

SECRETARY KERRY: I’m just challenging her to see how much she can – (laughter) –

INTERPRETER: I think I can take care of this. Okay.

SECRETARY KERRY: And over the past several days, I’ve also been keeping in close touch with President Abbas, with Prime Minister Netanyahu, and with others. And while we still obviously have work to do, it’s also clear to me from each of the parties that I’ve met with that there is a framework available to end the violence, and that framework is the Egyptian initiative that has been put forward.

For two weeks now, we have seen Hamas launch rocket after rocket at Israeli neighborhoods and use an intricate set of tunnels that they have created in order to kidnap and try to kill Israeli citizens. And for two weeks, we have seen Israel respond, as any country has the right to do when it’s under attack, and we support Israel’s right of self-defense. But tragically, trapped in the middle of all of this are people, civilians, and we have seen hundreds of civilians in Gaza lose their lives in the conflict.

So the international community comes together and we’re here working because we’ve seen too much blood shed on all sides, including the death of two American citizens. And we have watched the humanitarian crisis in Gaza grow worse day after day – people losing their homes, all of their possessions, their access to food and water, their entire way of life.

Yesterday the United States committed to delivering $47 million in humanitarian aid, and yes, we know that much more will be needed from us and from the international community. We also understand the importance of long-term reconstruction, and once a cease-fire has been reached, we are certainly ready to discuss and work through the incredibly complicated underlying issues that have led to this crisis.

The loss of lives and the humanitarian impact is really heartbreaking, and we’re joining our international partners in reiterating our call for an immediate end to fighting and a return to the cease-fire that was reached in 2012. But just reaching a cease-fire clearly is not enough. It is imperative that there be a serious engagement, discussion, negotiation regarding the underlying issues and addressing all of the concerns that have brought us to where we are today.

Hamas has a fundamental choice to make and it is a choice that will have a profound impact for the people of Gaza. And the Egyptians have provided a framework and the forum for them to be able to come to the table to have a serious discussion together with other factions of the Palestinians. And President Abbas has been here in Israel, other countries, talking with leaders in order to try to encourage the Palestinian people to be able to come together around a solution to this crisis.

So we wanted to bring you up to date as to where we are here. We’ve had constructive meetings thus far, and I intend to be continuing our conversations through today and into the next days in order to work to see if we can find a way forward, a way that ends the violence and then addresses the underlying causes of this crisis.

So that’s where we are right now, but we know with clarity where we need to be. And for the sake of thousands of innocent families whose lives have been shaken and destroyed by this conflict on all sides, we hope we can get there as soon as possible. Thank you.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State

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