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Canada Concerned with Verdict in Mohamed Fahmy Case

Posted by African Press International on June 23, 2014

OTTAWA, Canada, June 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today released the following statement:

“Canada is very disappointed with the verdict in the case of Mohamed Fahmy and is concerned that the judicial process that led to his verdict is inconsistent with Egypt’s democratic aspirations. A fair and transparent legal system is a critical pillar of a future stable and democratic Egypt.

“Canada calls on the Egyptian government to protect the rights of all individuals, including journalists, in keeping with the spirit of Egypt’s new constitution and the desire of all Egyptians to build a fully democratic country.

“Senior Canadian officials, including Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and myself, have raised and will continue to raise Mr. Fahmy’s case with senior Egyptian authorities. We will continue to provide consular assistance to Mr. Fahmy, including engaging local Egyptian authorities to ensure his medical needs are being met.”

 

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Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Agreement on framework for political solution in South Sudan

Posted by African Press International on June 23, 2014

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‘I am pleased that we can now see a positive development in South Sudan. IGAD and the parties deserve recognition for having taken an important step towards a peaceful solution to the conflict. The further negotiations will not be easy, and the parties must demonstrate that they really are willing to fulfil what they have promised,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.  

At a meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on 10 June, President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar agreed on the framework for a political solution to the conflict in South Sudan. The two parties have committed themselves to stopping hostilities and to reaching agreement on the establishment of a transitional government within 60 days.

‘The deadline for establishing a transitional government clearly reflects the fact that the international community expects the parties to the conflict to shoulder their responsibility. Norway supports the important…

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Media advisory on UNMISS holding a press briefing on Protection of Civilians’ sites tomorrow

Posted by African Press International on June 23, 2014

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JUBA, South Sudan, June 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will hold a press briefing tomorrow Thursday 19 June at Noon, Juba Conference Room, UNMISS Tomping compound. The briefing which will focus on the Protection of Civilians as per resolution 2155 adopted on May 27 by the UN Security Council (http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2014/sc11414.doc.htm), Protection of Civilians sites and relocation in South Sudan.

The briefing will be attended by:

– Derk Segaar, UNMISS Head of the Peacebuilding Team of Resident Coordinator’s Office and Recovery, Reintegration & Peacebuilding (RRP)

– Jeffrey Buenger, UNMISS Senior Protection of Civilians Adviser and Chief/Protection of Civilians Unit

– Ariane Quentier, UNMISS Spokesperson

Date: Thursday, 19 June 2014

Time: 12:00 Journalists are requested to arrive 30 minutes in advance to complete security procedures

Venue: Juba Conference Room, UNMISS compound in Tomping

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UNITED NATIONS

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