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Nordic Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Stavanger

Posted by African Press International on May 9, 2012

Nordic cooperation is developing rapidly. The Nordic Foreign Ministers had a meeting in Stavanger on 4 May where they discussed ways of strengthening Nordic cooperation and a number of important international issues.
“Today’s constructive meeting confirms the close nature of Nordic cooperation. I would particularly like to highlight the agreement reached on closer cooperation between the Nordic embassies, joint efforts to improve cyber security and the follow-up to the Stoltenberg Report,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

The 2009 Stoltenberg Report, which outlines specific proposals for closer cooperation in 13 different areas, is one of the platforms for deepening cooperation on foreign and security policy. The Nordic countries have issued a Nordic declaration of solidarity in which they have undertaken to cooperate in a spirit of solidarity to meet challenges in the foreign and security policy area.

 

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Roadmap for peace between Sudan and South Sudan

Posted by African Press International on May 9, 2012

“Norway supports the African Union’s roadmap for resolving the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan. It is urgent that the negotiations move forward. It is encouraging that the AU and the UN are now playing an active role in efforts to find a solution to this tense situation,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Last week the African Union (AU) put forward a roadmap for resolving the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan. On 2 May, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the solution set out in the roadmap. The resolution provides for sanctions against both countries if they fail to comply with the AU roadmap.

“The situation between Sudan and South Sudan is becoming increasingly tense. The humanitarian situation is critical, and the number of refugees in growing. It is very important that the parties now implement the concrete measures set out in the AU roadmap,” said Minister of International Development Heikki Holmås.

“This is an example of close cooperation between the AU and the UN. I hope it will give new momentum to the peace process. We will continue to support the negotiating process,” said Mr Støre.

The roadmap, which was drawn up by the AU Peace and Security Council, outlines a way back to the negotiating table for Sudan and South Sudan. It calls for the immediate cessation of all hostilities and activation of border security mechanisms. It also sets out that the parties must reach agreement on all outstanding issues within a three-month timeframe.

“The negotiations must be resumed as soon as possible. This is essential if Sudan and South Sudan are to succeed in building two viable states,” said Mr Holmås.

 

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Vladimir Putin is back as President in Russia

Posted by African Press International on May 9, 2012

Putin has managed again. After leading Russia for 2 terms as President he ensured that his friend took because the constitution does not allow a third term.

On stepping completion of his second term he was appointed as the Prime minister, and now back as elected President.

This means he can now do  2 terms again because the constitution allows a continued two-term period as he is seen now to have started a fresh.

 

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