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South Sudan explains why UN relief coordinator was expelled

Sudan Tribune - Wed, 03/06/2015 - 00:00

June 2, 2015 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has explained circumstances under which it expelled Toby Lanzer, the United Nations relief coordinator in the country.

South Sudan's presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny (AFP)

The spokesperson for the presidency said the council of ministers reached the decision during its weekly meeting held on Friday last week.

“This [decision] came as a result of council of ministers' resolution against the background of the statement he has made that is not responsible completely,” Ateny told reporters on Tuesday.

He described UN official as an “enemy”, who allegedly predicted that the South Sudanese economy would collapse, a statement in "violation" of his UN mandate.

“And Toby Lanzer's statement was not giving hope to people of South Sudan given that he was predicting the collapse, the total collapse [of the country],” he said at a briefing in the capital, Juba.

On Tuesday, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki Moon condemned the expulsion of the Lanzer, urging South Sudan government to reverse its decision towards the UN envoy.

But Ateny said only president Salva Kiir had the prerogative to reverse the council of ministers' decision, which held at the moment.

“If a country collapses, it will be rule of guns that will prevail and so anybody who makes statements that would not give hope to people of South Sudan is an enemy of South Sudan,” he stressed.

South Sudan's information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth accused the former UN relief coordinator of uttering “misleading” statements.

“That guy [Lanzer] has been making untruthful statements,” he said.

EU AND UN CONDEMN EXPULSION

The European Union delegation joined the UN secretary general in condemning South Sudan's decision to expel the senior UN humanitarian official.

"The Heads of Mission join UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon in condemning the decision of the government of South Sudan to expel Mr Toby Lanzer, deputy special representative of the secretary general,” the EU said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Lanzer, the delegation members said in a joint statement, had spared no effort on behalf of the millions of victims of the man-made crisis in world's youngest nation.

“He has echoed the views of many members of the international community who believe it is time the leaders of South Sudan pay heed to the suffering of their people, and make the decisions and compromises that their people and the deepening humanitarian tragedy demand,” added the statement also extended to Sudan Tribune.

They further called for the reinstatement by the South Sudanese government of the expelled UN humanitarian coordinator to enable him complete his term of appointment.

“The heads of mission further call for all those who are working in the humanitarian field, from UN agencies and non-governmental organisations alike, to be accorded full respect and for their vital work to be facilitated by the Government of South Sudan,” it said.

Lanzer, a Briton, was last month appointed for another UN mission in the Sahel region.

(ST)

Categories: Africa

SPLM-N rebels ambush government troops in S. Kordofan

Sudan Tribune - Wed, 03/06/2015 - 00:00

June 2, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - The fighters of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) killed six Sudanese soldiers in an attack on a Sudanese military convoy in the troubled South Kordofan state.

A SPLM-N fighter stands near Gos village in the rebel-held territory of the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan on 1 May 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Reports from the region say the Sudanese army intensified during the past days attacks on the rebel stronghold town of Kauda, in preparation of a ground operations.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, SPLM-N official spokesperson, Arnu Ngutulu Lodi the ambush took place on the road between Shamshaka and Teri village in Rashad county.

“Six enemy forces were killed and more than 25 others wounded, two land cruisers completely destroyed and the following equipment captured in good condition, 1- one Doshka MG, 2- six pcs AKM rifles,” Lodi said.

The Sudanese army spokesperson was not reachable for comment.

The Sudanese government and rebel group failed to reach a cessation of hostilities agreement after a series of talks brokered by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) in December 2014.

Since, the fighting between the warring parties resumed in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

(ST)

Categories: Africa

Senators Call on Pentagon to Counter Islamic State’s Use of IEDs

Foreign Policy - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:58
A pair of senators is pushing the Pentagon to do more to prevent the Islamic State from using massive improvised explosive devices that have long been a hallmark of Sunni insurgents and, more recently, cleared the extremists’ pathway to seize the Iraqi city of Ramadi last month.

Energieunabhängigkeit: EU plant diplomatische Großoffensive

Euractiv.de - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:55

Die EU-Kommission bereitet einen "diplomatischen Energieaktionsplan" für die Diversifizierung der Erdgaslieferungen in die EU vor. Algeriens große unerschlossene Reserven spielen dabei eine Schlüsselrolle. Bis zum nächsten Jahr will die Kommission auch eine Flüssigerdgas-Strategie vorlegen. EurActiv Brüssel berichtet.

Categories: Europäische Union

Congress Passes Overhaul of NSA Surveillance Program

Foreign Policy - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:51
Ending more than a week of intense debate, the Senate voted on Tuesday to limit the federal government’s vast surveillance powers while keeping many powerful snooping programs intact -- a compromise meant to balance civil liberties concerns with the intelligence community’s insistence that it needs the tools to prevent future attacks against the United States.

Le président nigérian Buhari au Niger sur fond de lutte contre Boko Haram

RFI /Afrique - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:41
Il a réservé sa première visite à l'étranger à son voisin du nord : le nouveau président du Nigeria se rend ce mercredi à Niamey pour une visite officielle, la première depuis son investiture à Abuja. Cette visite est placée sous le signe de la coopération régionale dans la lutte contre Boko Haram.
Categories: Afrique

Sambo – egy különleges sportbemutató és edzés a Világszövetség szervezésében

Orosz Hírek - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:39

2015. június 2-án mintegy félszáz néző előtt az Orosz nagykövetség és a FIAS szervezésében Sergey Tabakov FIAS igazgató, Dmitry Maximov FIAS Sportigazgató és Orosz Sambo szakmai stáb érkezett hazánkba a Budapesti Honvéd Judo Szakosztályának edzőtermébe. Az eseményen részt vett Simicskó István sportért felelős államtitkár, dr. Mészáros János MOB Alelnök és Vlagyimir Szergejev orosz nagykövet is.

Categories: Oroszország és FÁK

Az orosz EU-nagykövet persona non grata az EP-ben

Bruxinfo - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:37
Közel 90 EP-képviselő feketelistázására válaszul az Európai Parlament kitiltotta az épületéből az orosz EU-nagykövetet és egy másik diplomatát, és felfüggesztette részvételét az EU-orosz parlamenti vegyesbizottságban.

Spiegel: az Egyesült Államok saját szankciói ellenére is üzletel Oroszországgal

Orosz Hírek - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:29

Amíg az európai vállalkozók szenvednek az Oroszország elleni szankcióktól, addig az amerikai konkurensek új nagy hasznot hozó vállalkozásokat kötnek – írja a RIA Novosztyi a Spiegel-re hivatkozva. „Amikor az amerikai gazdaság számára fontos, akkor a nyugati nagyhatalom szünetelteti az új orosz hidegháborút” – írja a Spiegel.

Categories: Oroszország és FÁK

Liberté d'expression

Survie - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:21
L'écrivain et homme politique camerounais Enoh Meyomessé, lauréat du prix 2012 Oxfam Novib/PEN pour la liberté d'expression, injustement emprisonné au Cameroun depuis novembre 2011 pour « complicité de vol aggravé et de vente illégale d'or » vient d'être libéré après 40 mois de détention. Il sort, âgé de la soixantaine, gravement malade en raison de ce qu'il a subi. Le 27 décembre 2012, après un procès « sans preuve de malversations de ma part, sans témoins, sans plaignants, et après des séances de tortures par (...) - 246 - mai 2015 / , , , ,
Categories: Afrique

Obama Doubles Down on Criticism of Netanyahu and Israel’s Politics of ‘Fear’

Foreign Policy - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:21
President Barack Obama doubled down on criticisms of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview with an Israeli television station.

Is Khartoum Sending Weapons to Rebels in South Sudan?

Foreign Policy - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:19
A new report alleges Sudan is helping fuel a conflict that has helped spark a famine and a refugee crisis.

Vive les opex !

Survie - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:16
« Comment le Rafale a convaincu les acheteurs de sortir le carnet de chèques » s'interroge 20 minutes (10/04) : « C'est au cours de l'intervention en Libye que le jeune avion a montré toute sa fougue. "Le premier raid en Libye a été spectaculaire. Il a prouvé qu'il était pleinement opération­nel", souligne Thierry Vigoureux, journa­liste au Point, spécialiste en aéronautique. (...) Le Mali et l'opération Serval ont achevé de convaincre les dubitatifs. "Certains avaient des doutes quant à la résistance des (...) - 246 - mai 2015 / , , , , ,
Categories: Afrique

UN expert calls on Azerbaijan to free human rights defenders ahead of 2015 Baku Games

UN News Centre - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:12
United Nations Special Rapporteur Michel Forst today criticized the “relentless prosecution and repression of prominent rights activists in Azerbaijan” and called for their immediate release – before the inaugural European Games begin in Baku on 12 June.

Gifle judiciaire

Survie - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:11
C'est ce que vient d'infliger la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme (CEDH) à certains des magistrats en charge de l'affaire Borrel, du nom de ce juge assassiné à Djibouti en 1995 avec la complicité des réseaux françafricains et de l'armée française. Sa veuve s'est depuis battue inlassablement pour faire reconnaître ce crime, grossièrement maquillé en suicide, version que certains magistrats français appuyèrent complaisamment, avant que la thèse du meurtre soit enfin tardivement reconnue. En 2008, l'avocat (...) - 246 - mai 2015 / , , ,
Categories: Afrique

Petit pas

Survie - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:08
En 2005, l'ambassadeur de France en Algérie, Hubert Colin de Verdière, avait pour la première fois qualifié les massacres de Sétif de « tragédie inexcusable », propos réitérés en 2008 par son successeur Bernard Bajolet. A partir du 8 mai 1945, l'armée française avait férocement réprimé des émeutes provoquées par le meurtre d'un manifestant algérien par un policier français, étincelle dans le baril de poudre des humiliations de la colonisation et de la guerre sous les drapeaux français. En représailles au meurtre (...) - 246 - mai 2015 / , , , ,
Categories: Afrique

U.S. Weather Experts: Yes, a Tornado Could Sink a Chinese Cruise Ship

Foreign Policy - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:06
China’s citizens are skeptical, but American meteorologists find the official story plausible.

The Turkish Opposition’s Secret Weapon

Foreign Policy - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:06
A charismatic new leader could help the Kurds to a breakthrough in Turkey’s parliamentary election. He's already giving headaches to President Erdogan.

Ban saddened by passenger ship accident in China

UN News Centre - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:06
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his sadness over a ship accident that occurred last night in China, reportedly resulting in major casualties.

Commerce du bois en RDC: la France trop laxiste ?

RFI /Afrique - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 23:04
C’est un nouveau rapport qui épingle la France dans le commerce du bois venu de RDC. Après Greenpeace il y a quelques semaines, c’est au tour de l’ONG Global Witness d’accuser les entreprises françaises, deuxièmes plus gros importateurs de bois de la République démocratique du Congo, de ne pas être assez regardantes sur les conditions dans lesquelles le bois a été produit.
Categories: Afrique

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