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Fifa ‘tried to stop’ Ghana bonus row

Posted by African Press International on June 29, 2014

  • June 27, 2014
    Fifa says it was prepared to pay Ghana’s players their World Cup bonuses and deduct it from the Ghana FA’s prize money.READ MORE….

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Eritrea faces UN human rights probe 

Posted by African Press International on June 29, 2014

  • June 27, 2014
    The UN’s Human Rights Council sets up a commission of inquiry into Eritrea, seen as one of the world’s most repressive states.READ MORE…

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UK Foreign Office Minister Hugh Robertson welcomes elections in Libya

Posted by African Press International on June 29, 2014

LONDON, United-Kingdom, June 26, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UK welcomes Parliamentary elections in Libya and supports inclusive national dialogue to achieve stable prosperous future.

Foreign Office Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, Hugh Robertson, said:

“Yesterday, the Libyan people exercised their democratic right to elect a new parliament. These elections are a welcome result of the 2011 revolution and I congratulate those who took part. I look forward to seeing the new parliament support the work of the Constitutional Drafting Assembly to complete the next stage of Libya’s political transition to a more stable, secure and prosperous future. A fully inclusive national dialogue and reconciliation process will be vital to achieve this.

“The UK remains committed to supporting Libya’s transition through a range of programmes, including through supporting the UN support mission to provide expert advice to the Libyan High National Election Commission.”

 

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United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Norway congratulates Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova on EU association

Posted by African Press International on June 29, 2014

‘Norway congratulates Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia on the signing of their association agreements with the EU. These agreements will bring these countries an important step closer to European integration,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

Through the Eastern Partnership, the EU is promoting closer integration with six partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The countries that are showing a clear willingness to strengthen democracy, human rights, respect for the rule of law, good governance and the development of a market economy are being offered more support and closer integration with the EU.

‘The fact that Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia have today signed association agreements with the EU shows that these countries want to implement reforms and work towards realising the values and development goals that both the EU and Norway consider important. The next important step will be to implement the agreements in practice,’ said Vidar Helgesen, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Norway supports the EU’s Eastern Partnership and cooperates with the EU on concrete projects in the partner countries, for example on the implementation of reforms.

‘Closer association and integration with the EU for countries in this region is also in Norway’s interest. I believe that this could enhance stability and welfare for all,’ said Mr Helgesen.

In Ukraine, major popular protests in support of European integration started after the then President Viktor Yanukovych decided not to sign the association agreement that had been negotiated with the EU in November 2013. In March this year, the new Ukrainian leadership signed the political part of the agreement, and today President Poroshenko signed the rest of the agreement.

‘When visa-free travel was awarded to Moldovan citizens in April, this was a clear example of how the integration process produces concrete results. It is now important that Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia show a willingness to continue the reform process,’ said Mr Brende.

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