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Source: Commonwealth Secretariat |

Secretary-General “delighted” with Zambian opposition leader’s release

The decision to release the Zambian opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, will help to progress peaceful dialogue, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said in a statement today. The Secretary-General was responding to the news that Zambia’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) had decided to stay the treason case against the leader of the…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

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

Statement attributable to Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General: The Secretary-General condemns the series of terrorist attacks on 15 August in Borno State, Nigeria.  The Secretary-General extends his deep condolences to the Government and people of Nigeria for the loss of life and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.…

Source: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation |

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar

During the talks, the parties in particular focused on the current military and political situation in Libya with an emphasis on the measures being taken to resolve the intra-Libyan crisis through mediation of the international community as well as under the auspices of the UN

On August 14, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a meeting at the Foreign Ministry with Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar, who is paying a working visit to Moscow. During the talks, the parties in particular focused on the current military and political situation in Libya with an emphasis on…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Kenya at critical juncture, leaders must act responsibly – Zeid

The UN Human Rights Chief expressed concern about reports that Kenyan security forces used live ammunition against protesters, and about reports of police brutality, leading to several deaths and injuries, including children

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday commended the peaceful voting in the recent presidential election in Kenya but urged Kenya’s political leaders “to take the responsible path and exercise their leadership to avoid violence.”   The UN Human Rights Chief expressed concern about reports…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Foreign Secretary statement on Sierra Leone

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson expresses sympathy with Sierra Leone

The Foreign Secretary said: I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life caused by the heavy flooding and landslides around the Freetown peninsula in Sierra Leone in the early hours of today. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected at this horrific time. We are working…

Source: Germany - Federal Foreign Office |

State Secretary Lindner on the signing of an air transport agreement with Mauritius

State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office Walter J. Lindner issued the following statement today (14 August) in connection with the signing of an air transport agreement with Mauritius: This air transport agreement with Mauritius is part of the German Government’s efforts to increase cooperation with the countries bordering the Indian Ocean.…

Source: United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) |

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel condemns terrorist attack of 13 August in Ouagadougou

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack, which took place on 13 August 2017 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and resulted in at least 18 deaths,…