Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Faiez Mustafa Serraj, President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Faiez Mustafa Serraj, President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya.

The Secretary-General commended Mr. Serraj and the Presidency Council for their efforts to implement the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA). He encouraged him to continue working with all stakeholders to broaden the support base of the LPA. He stressed the importance of building on the support of the international community to rapidly set up governmental institutions.

The Secretary-General highlighted the plight of those affected by the conflict in Libya and expressed concern about the continued deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country.

The Secretary-General reiterated the UN’s full support to the transition in Libya, and discussed in this regard the gradual return of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya to Tripoli to assist those efforts.

The Secretary-General urged Libya to fast track the ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change through appropriate legal means.

Istanbul, 24 May 2016

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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UK Statement on Resumption of Inter-Burundi Dialogue

Following the conclusion of the first round of the Dialogue, UK Special Envoy to the African Great Lakes, Danae Dholakia, said:

I strongly welcome the resumption of the internationally mediated Burundi Dialogue in Arusha from 21-24 May facilitated by former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa. I congratulate President Mkapa for his clear and even-handed approach, which has provided a strong foundation on which to build. As the President noted in his closing comments, there were some key opposition and civil society representatives who were, for one reason or another, not able to attend. I commend his initiative to hold a further consultative event with opposition and civil society voices unable to come to Arusha, and his commitment to doing this in the next two weeks.

I fully agree with President Mkapa in urging all sides to participate fully in this process, in the spirit of negotiation and compromise. For the sake of the people of Burundi, swift progress is essential. I strongly welcome his desire to hold the next full dialogue session in the week commencing 16 June. No party should seek to block or slow down this momentum. In particular I strongly support President Mkapa’s call for everyone to give this dialogue a chance to succeed by ceasing all armed and political violence. I sincerely hope that all parties can reach an agreement which provides the basis for sustainable peace and security in Burundi, built on the strong foundations of the Arusha Agreement. The UK stands ready to support the attainment of that goal.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard Visits Limpopo

U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard visited Limpopo May 23-24 to engage in a range of activities highlighting the growing ties between the people of Limpopo and the United States. Hlayisani Nkwashu, an alumnus of the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows (MWF) program, hosted the Ambassador in his hometown of Blinkwater and showcased his work as a champion of youth socioeconomic development projects that create employment opportunities for women in Limpopo.

Ambassador Gaspard kicked off his visit on May 23 by attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly built Mamothalo Primary School. The school, built with funding provided by the U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), in partnership with the Department of Education, Limpopo government and USAID, is one of several ODC Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) projects in South Africa that build educational facilities in disadvantaged areas.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Gaspard said, “This new school will serve 700 learners, as well as the administrative functions of the teachers in your community. We all know that there is no one more important in a community than its teachers. It has often been said that a teacher cannot measure the contribution they make in their lifetime. Instead, their influence stretches into eternity. As I look at these young learners, I know the skills they are acquiring today will stretch from generation to generation. We are determined to move toward a partnership for prosperity that will move our relationship from strength to strength. But we know at the backbone of that relationship are the young children in this community. I am sure, once given the tools, they can out-perform and out-innovate any other young people in the world.”

On May 24, Ambassador Gaspard visited one of the 43 schools in Limpopo where American Peace Corps Volunteers are currently teaching. Finally, he met with Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha in Polokwane, where they discussed issues of mutual interest between the United States and South Africa.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa.

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Bilateral negotiations between the African Union Commission and the Federal Government of Germany

Invitation to journalists

What: Bilateral negotiations between the African Union Commission and the Federal Government of Germany

When: Friday, 27 May 2016

Time: 16:30-17:30

Venue: African Union Commission, New Conference Center / Small Conference Room 2

Background: The African Union Commission and the Federal Government of Germany are holding their annual bilateral negotiations: The focus of this year’s commitment is on agricultural development through enhancement of agricultural skills. The delegation of the African Union Commission is chaired by H.E. Mrs. Fatima Haram Acyl, Commissioner for Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission. The German delegation will be chaired by H.E. Guenter Nooke, the German Chancellor’s Personal Representative for Africa in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Germany is planning to make further pledges in support of various fields of the African Union Commission. The negotiations will conclude with a Signing Ceremony of the Summary record for African-German Cooperation 2016.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of African Union Commission (AUC).

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