Ebola outbreak / Readout of the President’s Call with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — President Obama spoke today with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the need for greater international assistance to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. President Obama thanked the Secretary-General for recent steps taken by the United Nations to coordinate the global response and pledged additional U.S. assistance to bring the outbreak under control. Both leaders also agreed on the need for a broad coalition to counter the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and to continue humanitarian assistance to civilians under threat in Iraq. Additionally, they discussed the importance of an effective monitoring mechanism for the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine and reviewed goals for the upcoming United Nations General Assembly, including at the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit and the United Nations Security Council session on foreign terrorist fighters that the President will chair.

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Emergency Assistance to the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Liberia in response to the Ebola virus disease outbreak

TOKYO, Japan, September 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 1. On September 9, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (personal protective equipment provided by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government) to the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Liberia, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

2. Specifics and numbers of the items will be decided based on the local needs to be determined through a consultation with World Health Organization (WHO) etc.

3. The Ebola virus disease which was initially reported in the Republic of Guinea this March spread to the neighboring countries. As of August 31, 3,707 cases including suspected ones and 1,848 deaths were confirmed according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

4. In response to the request from the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Government of the Republic of Liberia, the Government of Japan has decided to provide emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view as well as in light of friendly relations between these countries.

Categories: AFRICA

Emergency Assistance to the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Liberia in response to the Ebola virus disease outbreak

TOKYO, Japan, September 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 1. On September 9, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (personal protective equipment provided by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government) to the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Liberia, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

2. Specifics and numbers of the items will be decided based on the local needs to be determined through a consultation with World Health Organization (WHO) etc.

3. The Ebola virus disease which was initially reported in the Republic of Guinea this March spread to the neighboring countries. As of August 31, 3,707 cases including suspected ones and 1,848 deaths were confirmed according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

4. In response to the request from the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Government of the Republic of Liberia, the Government of Japan has decided to provide emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view as well as in light of friendly relations between these countries.

Categories: AFRICA

Emergency Assistance to the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Liberia in response to the Ebola virus disease outbreak

TOKYO, Japan, September 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 1. On September 9, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (personal protective equipment provided by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government) to the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Liberia, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

2. Specifics and numbers of the items will be decided based on the local needs to be determined through a consultation with World Health Organization (WHO) etc.

3. The Ebola virus disease which was initially reported in the Republic of Guinea this March spread to the neighboring countries. As of August 31, 3,707 cases including suspected ones and 1,848 deaths were confirmed according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

4. In response to the request from the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Government of the Republic of Liberia, the Government of Japan has decided to provide emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view as well as in light of friendly relations between these countries.

Categories: AFRICA

Emergency Assistance to the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Liberia in response to the Ebola virus disease outbreak

TOKYO, Japan, September 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 1. On September 9, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (personal protective equipment provided by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government) to the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Liberia, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

2. Specifics and numbers of the items will be decided based on the local needs to be determined through a consultation with World Health Organization (WHO) etc.

3. The Ebola virus disease which was initially reported in the Republic of Guinea this March spread to the neighboring countries. As of August 31, 3,707 cases including suspected ones and 1,848 deaths were confirmed according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

4. In response to the request from the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Government of the Republic of Liberia, the Government of Japan has decided to provide emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view as well as in light of friendly relations between these countries.

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Initial probe indicates UNMISS helicopter was shot down

JUBA, South Sudan, September 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — For the past two weeks, UNMISS has been conducting preliminary investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash of a United Nations Mi-8 helicopter Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s Unity State, on 26 August, which killed three Russian crewmen and injured a fourth. In addition to the Mission’s own probe, which began! in the immediate aftermath of the crash, a technical investigation has also commenced with the participation of United Nations, South Sudanese and Russian experts.

At this stage, the following facts have been established from these preliminary investigations:

• Experts who concluded the first stage of the investigation yesterday have uncovered evidence indicating that the aircraft was shot down;

• &nb! sp; UNMISS has confirmed that, during a phone call with a Mission’s staff member in Bentiu on 17 August, Peter Gadet, the commander of opposition forces in Unity State, alleged that UNMISS aircraft were being used to transport Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) troops and threatened to shoot down the Mission’s aircraft;

• The UNMISS staff member refuted the accusations and, to ensure the safety of its aircraft, UNMISS immediately started sharing information on all its flights into Bentiu with the opposition forces as well as the SPLA.

As the above facts are based on the findings of a pr eliminary probe, it is premature at this stage to conclusively apporti! on blame for the shooting down of the helicopter. A more in-depth technical investigation which is being conducted in compliance with international air safety standards, and an independent Board of Inquiry being established by the United Nations to look into the incident, should provide additional information which will make it possible to conclusively determine the source of the ground fire which brought down the helicopter.

UNMISS condemns this unprovoked and deadly attack on its personnel and aircraft in the strongest possible terms. As the Security Council emphasized, those responsible for the attack must be held accountable and all necessary measures to avoid such attacks in the future must be taken.

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