Attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

March 18, 2015

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s deadly terrorist attack at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, where gunmen killed 19 people and wounded more than 20 others. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the victims’ families and loved ones. We commend Tunisian authorities’ rapid response to today’s wanton violence and their efforts to resolve the hostage situation and restore calm. The United States stands with the Tunisian people at this difficult time and continues to support the Tunisian government’s efforts to advance a secure, prosperous, and democratic Tunisia.

Source:: Attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia

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Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan condemns the terrorist attack in Tunisia

DUBLIN, Ireland, March 19, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., has condemned the terrorist attack in Tunis today, in which 19 people were murdered.

Minister Flanagan stated:

“I condemn the vicious mass killing which took place earlier today in Tunis, targeting Tunisians and tourists alike. This attack is a deliberate attempt to undermine Tunisia’s achievements since 2011 in delivering a democratic State, which reflects the aspirations and rights of all its citizens.

“I want to express my deep sympathies to the Government and people of Tunisia at this terrible time, and to urge all Tunisians to continue working together to reject extremism.

“Reports indicate that citizens of Italy, Spain, Poland and Germany are amongst those killed in this act of terror and I wish to express my sincere sympathies to their Governments and people, and indeed to all those who are suffering as a result of this atrocity.

“We must continue to work together for the stability of the Middle East and North Africa, and to support security and peace and address the terrorist threats to the people of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

“We have received no reports of any Irish casualties in this horrific attack. I would urge all Irish citizens to familiarise themselves with my Department’s Travel Advice and to register on our citizens’ registration database so that we can reach them in the event of an emergency and provide consular assistance where necessary.

“Anyone concerned for the welfare of an Irish citizen in Tunis should contact the Consular Assistance Unit at 01-4780822.”

Travel Advice on Tunisia: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/tunisia/

Source:: Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan condemns the terrorist attack in Tunisia

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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunisia

NEW YORK, March 18, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms today’s attack against the Bardo Museum in central Tunis and deplores the loss of life. He conveys his deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this deplorable act. The Secretary-General also expresses his solidarity with the Tunisian people and the Tunisian authorities.

Source:: Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunisia

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SRSG Kay encouraged by firm commitment to Somalia’s Vision 2016 timetable

MOGADISHU, Somalia, March 18, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG) Nicholas Kay, welcomed firm commitments made by Somalia’s Federal and regional leaders to meet key Vision 2016 deadlines to complete Somalia’s federal state formation process, and review the provisional constitution without any extension of the terms of the Federal President and Parliament in September 2016, as set out in the provisional federal Constitution.

During the last ten days SRSG Kay has met with Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke and the Speaker of the Federal Parliament, Mohamed Osman Jawari, to discuss peace and state-building progress across the country. He also travelled to Garowe, Kismayo and Baidoa and met with the leaders of Puntland, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, the Interim Juba Administration (IJA), Sheikh Ahmad Islam ‘Madobe’, and the Interim South West Administration (ISWA) Sheikh Sharif Hassan Adan.

Recalling his mandate from the Security Council to provide the good offices of the United Nations and strategic policy advice to assist Somalia’s peace-building and state-building efforts, SRSG Kay noted, “I am encouraged by the firm commitments I have heard from the President, Prime Minister, Speaker and the leaders of Puntland, the IJA and the ISWA to delivering Somalia’s Vision 2016 plan without any extension of the term of the Parliament or President in September 2016. Across the country there is a determination to respect this deadline, but also concern that time is now short.”

“There is a strong consensus that in the period between now and the beginning of Ramadan several important milestones need to be achieved, for example, the appointment of the commissioners of the National Independent Electoral Commission and Boundaries and Federation Commission and the operationalisation of the Commissions; establishment of inclusive regional assemblies for the IJA and ISWA; formation of interim administrations in the Central Regions and in Middle Shabelle and Hiraan; agreement between the executive and parliament on a legislative timetable to include, as priorities, Bills on Political Parties, Citizenship, the Electoral Law and the Constitutional Court; as well as achieving significant progress in accordance with the recent Memorandum of Understanding on the constitutional review process.”

“The UN and international partners will continue to provide support for Somalia’s institutions and people as they undertake this ambitious state-building agenda that they have set themselves. In the coming months, a visiting United Nations technical mission will assist by reviewing progress towards elections. A High-Level Partnership Forum in June in Mogadishu will bring together Somalia’s partners to undertake a careful consideration of the political and security progress under the New Deal Somali Compact, as was agreed in Copenhagen in November 2014.

“Later in 2015, all stakeholders across the country – the FGS, Parliament, the Interim Regional Administrations, civil society, and the International Community – will need to consider exactly how best to achieve an inclusive and representative process in 2016. Now is not the time for that discussion as we do not know how much political and security progress Somalia will have achieved. When the time comes, it will be important there is broad consultation and agreement. For now the agreed priority remains the collective effort to complete state formation, review the federal constitution and carry out the essential preparatory work for democratisation.”

“I welcome the meeting of leaders of the Federal Government and Parliament, the IRAs and Puntland in Garowe in early April. I hope the leaders will be able to give broad endorsement to a clear political calendar,” said SRSG Kay.

“I commend warmly the Federal Government’s commitment to accelerate much needed progress until the end of their mandate in September 2016 and I welcome the engagement of Somalia’s emerging federal member states in supporting this process. I salute the courage of members of the Federal Parliament and urge MPs to re-double their efforts in the coming session to pass essential laws. The United Nations is committed to working with the Somali people to support peace, stability and progress across the country,” he added.

Source:: SRSG Kay encouraged by firm commitment to Somalia’s Vision 2016 timetable

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Japan donates USD 3.2 million to AU Peace Fund to Support Fight against Ebola – Commissioner Chergui Expresses Appreciation for Japan’s strong Partnership

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 18, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Government of Japan has donated USD 3.24 million to the African Union (AU) Peace Fund to support AU efforts to help eliminate Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa. The funds will be used, among other things, to address the shortage of movable prefabricated houses for the African Union Support mission to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), in the affected countries. Following finalization of the grant agreement by exchange of correspondence, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Amb. Smail Chergui, today received Japan’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Ambassador Kazuhiro Suzuki.

On behalf of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Dlamini Zuma, the Commissioner expressed appreciation to the Japanese Government and People for their continuous support to the AU’s endeavors to promote peace, security and stability in Africa. He recalled that both the AU Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council have declared Ebola Virus Disease as a threat to peace and security, and have urged the international community to work together to stop the spread of the virus.

In that regard, Commissioner Chergui stated: “Health experts have reminded us that the only way to win the battle against Ebola is to bring down the infection rate to zero. With the support of our international partners, we are making good progress towards achieving that goal. Today’s donation will significantly strengthen our resolve and accelerate our progress towards zero Ebola infection in West Africa and throughout the continent.”

On his part, Ambassador Suzuki stated that Japan attaches great importance to its relationship with Africa and appreciates the crucial role of the AU in promoting peace, security and stability in the continent. He added that within the broad framework of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), Japan will continue to support Africa in its efforts to end armed conflict, improve the health and education of its people, and achieve sustainable development. “Africa and the African Union can count on Japan,” the Ambassador stated.

Source:: Japan donates USD 3.2 million to AU Peace Fund to Support Fight against Ebola – Commissioner Chergui Expresses Appreciation for Japan’s strong Partnership

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Statement by President Donald Tusk on the terrorist attack in Tunisia

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, March 18, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — I am shocked by today’s terrorist attack at the Bardo museum in Tunis. My thoughts are with the families of those whose loved ones have been killed, including several European Union nationals, and with the Tunisian people.

The European Union and Tunisia will not be intimidated by terrorism, at home or abroad. We are ready to support the Tunisian government in its actions against violent extremism and commend its speedy action to free the hostages involved. The European Union stands with Tunisia in its commitment to peace and democracy. We will not be deterred in the face of such brutality.

Source:: Statement by President Donald Tusk on the terrorist attack in Tunisia

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