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SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON TERRORIST ATTACK IN MALI

Posted by African Press International on July 2, 2014

NEW YORK, July 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following Security Council press statement was issued by Council President Eugène-Richard Gasana (Rwanda):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the improvised explosive device explosion, 30 kilometres west of Timbuktu, Mali, on 30 June 2014, in which one Burkinabe peacekeeper of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was killed and six other peacekeepers were injured.

The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the family of the peacekeeper killed, as well as to the Government and people of Burkina Faso, and to MINUSMA.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to MINUSMA and French forces that support it. The members of the Security Council stressed that those responsible for this attack shall be held accountable, and called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their support to MINUSMA to assist the Malian authorities and the Malian people in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country, as mandated by the Security Council in resolution 2164 (2014).

 

SOURCE

UNITED NATIONS

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RED CROSS TO PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL MINISTERIAL MEETING ON EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE IN WEST AFRICA

Posted by African Press International on July 2, 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — From 2 – 3 July, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will join other partners in Accra, Ghana, for a special ministerial meeting on Ebola virus disease. The meeting was called by the World Health Organization (WHO) in an attempt to interrupt the further spread of the deadly disease.

Ministers of health from eleven West African countries will discuss with partners, including the Red Cross, WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières, the best ways of collectively addressing the Ebola outbreak, and develop a regional response plan.

As auxiliary to government, and with its volunteer networks, the Red Cross is well placed to assist in the development and execution of a response plan. To date, the Red Cross has launched emergency response operations in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and preparedness operations in Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal. These operations will reach a total of more than 10 million people.

IFRC will have a team in Accra, actively participating in the two-day session. Team members include health, water and sanitation specialists, as well as emergency operations personnel based in the affected countries.

 

SOURCE

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

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