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Statement by the Federal Foreign Office on the joint declaration by Ethiopia and Eritrea

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (10 July) on the signing of a “declaration of peace and friendship” by the Ethiopian Prime Minister and the Eritrean President: This is very good news from the Horn of Africa. In recent days, Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy and Eritrean President Isaias have…

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Diplomacy in a crisis region: Germany is supporting the stabilisation forum for Lake Chad

For eight years, the Islamist Boko Haram group has been terrorising the population: over 30,000 people have been killed and two million men, women and children displaced

Terror, hunger and millions of displaced persons – the Lake Chad region is one of the most dangerous trouble spots in Africa. Germany is actively supporting a diplomatic approach to resolving the causes of the crisis. Maiduguri, a city in north eastern Nigeria, was once regarded as a dangerous stronghold…

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Human Rights Commissioner on the awarding of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Press Freedom Prize to Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid

Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (2 May) on the awarding of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2018 to the detained Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid (known as Shawkan): I am pleased that UNESCO has…

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Joint Statement by Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States on the Darfur Peace Process

The parties engaged and made a serious effort towards a compromise

Representatives of the Government of Sudan, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) met in Berlin on 16/17 April 2018 to discuss a pre-negotiations agreement that would serve as a basis for the resumption of peace talks for the Darfur as part of the broader Sudan peace process. The event…

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Speech by Minister of State Niels Annen to the German Bundestag in the debate on the extension of the UN peace mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

Speech by Minister of State Niels Annen to the German Bundestag in the debate on the extension of the UN peace mission in South Sudan (UNMISS): Madam President, Ladies and gentlemen, Fellow members of this House, I expect you feel the same way I do. Looking at the situation in…

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Statement by the Human Rights Commissioner on suspension of the death penalty in the Gambia

Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (20 February) on the suspension of the death penalty in the Gambia: “I warmly welcome the decision by Gambian President Adama Barrow to suspend the use of…