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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Somalia

The Secretary-General condemns the attack on 9 June on Ethiopian troops at an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base in Halgan, Somalia. He expresses his condolences to the families of those killed and wishes a speedy recovery for the injured soldiers. He expresses his solidarity with and pays tribute to the AMISOM and the […]

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Oakbay Sets the Record Straight on Optimum Coal Mine and Eskom

Oakbay Investments (www.OakbayInvestments.co.za) wishes to set the record straight on operations at the Optimum Coal Mine (owned by BEE company, Tegeta Exploration & Resources (“Tegeta”) in which Oakbay has a 29% shareholding) and its relationship with Eskom, the electricity public utility. In the last few months, Oakbay has been appalled at the constant innuendo circulated […]

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Smears, Faceless Sources and Zero Evidence Continues – With the Help of Media Capture

Today’s story in the Sunday Times continues the traditional tactics of Oakbay’s detractors which generally involve some, if not all, of the following: Leaks; Smears; Faceless ‘sources’; Zero evidence; Lies; and Repeating the lies until they get accepted as truth These tactics are used in collusion with the many media houses the business establishment has […]

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Didier Reynders meets with opposition representatives from DR Congo

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders this afternoon received representatives of the opposition from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who met in recent days in Genval. Belgium welcomes the common efforts displayed this week by the opposition to reach common positions. Minister Reynders hopes that this will result in a […]

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Press conference of the Republic of Mali foreign minister

Within the framework of the 27th Africa-France Summit, H.E. Abdoulaye DIOP, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and African Integration of the Republic of Mali, will on Monday 13th June 2016, at 15:00 hold a press conference on the following issue: The Peace process in Mali The briefing will be held in Briefing Room 1, […]

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Elephant fence to be built around Kenyan UK training area

Construction of the Laikipia Elephant Fence around the area used by the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) began today at the official launch, in which His Excellency Joshua Irungu, Governor of Laikipia, and BATUK personnel knocked in the first fence post. The fence, which will stretch for 100 miles, will run around community land […]

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Burundi: UN Independent Investigation to conduct second visit to assess human rights situation

The three human rights experts of the United Nations Independent Investigation on Burundi (UNIIB)* will conduct their second visit to Burundi from 13 to 17 June. “This second visit will be an opportunity to assess the developments in the human rights situation that have taken place since our last visit in March and continue our […]

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African Union Meets for AU-Horn of Africa Counter Trafficking Initiative

IOM Egypt this week supported the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to organize the second ministerial meeting of the AU-Horn of Africa Initiative on Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants (AU-HoAI) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The AU-HoAI was formally launched through the signing of the Khartoum Declaration on 16 October 2014. Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia […]

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Malian, Mauritanian Border Guards Train Together

IOM this week started a joint training session for Malian and Mauritanian border police officers in Sélibaby, southern Mauritania. The training is part of a Japanese-funded IOM project: “Enhancing the collective capacity for managing borders and for protecting border communities between Mauritania and Mali”. It is designed to improve the security of vulnerable border areas […]

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IOM Hands Over Rehabilitated Market in Bangui, Central African Republic

After 22 months of rehabilitation work, IOM has handed over to local authorities the rehabilitated market in the Ngebengewe district of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). The market is located at an important intersection between a mostly Muslim enclave and the mixed (Christian and Muslim) 5th district. ‎This area has seen […]

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IOM Middle East and North Africa Launches 2015 Annual Report

The IOM Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has released its 2015 annual report. The report provides an overview of IOM’s main priorities and the impact of its work in the region. In 2015, significant migration flows to, through and from MENA continued unabated. Ongoing conflict, economic stagnation and political turmoil […]

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IOM Helps Ethiopian Child Migrants Return Home from Zambia

IOM has helped 14 unaccompanied child migrants stranded in Zambia to voluntarily return home to Ethiopia. The children were intercepted by Zambian police while attempting to cross into South Africa and were detained for several months. After their release, they remained stranded in Zambia, unable to return home due to lack of money. Aged between […]

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