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Kostias discussed Macedonia name issue with Guterres

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Greek foreign Minister Kotzias met with the United Nations Secretary Antonio Guterres to discuss Macedonian name issue. Greek medias report that Kotzias said that he fund the discussion interesting and there is a window to begin discussions on the issue following the October 15th municipal elections in Macedonia, on the condition that Macedonia drops what he called “irredentism”. Greece frequently accuses Macedonia of irredentism, which it uses to label acts that undermine the Greek belief that symbols and historic figures from the Classical period belong exclusively to Greece.

 

Egypt’s Shoukry discusses humanitarian issues with UN, ICG officials in New York

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Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry held talks on Saturday with senior figures from the United Nations and the International Crisis Group (ICG), discussing deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Midle East and ways of reducing human suffering.Shoukry met in New York with the UN’s top official on humanitarian assistance and aid coordination, Mark Lowcock, as well as Jean-Marie Guéhenno, president of the ICG, a non-profit organization that seeks to prevent and resolve international crises.The meetings took place at the start of Shoukry’s visit to attend the 72nd UN General Assembly, where he will take part in the high-level debate starting on Tuesday.The debate will focus on the theme “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet”.

7th London Conference on Libya Rules out Military Solution

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London hosted a meeting on Thursday to support the political process in Libya and back the efforts of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his special envoy Ghassan Salame.The foreign ministers of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the United Nations envoy to Libya attended the meeting.“Libya is a front line in our common struggle against terrorism and illegal migration and we all share a vital interest in that country’s stability. Our shared goal is to break the political deadlock and rally behind the United Nations envoy Ghassan Salame as he seeks to bring all sides together,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said during a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.The Italian foreign ministry said in a statement that the London meeting discussed the status of the political process in Libya and exchanged views on how to support the work of the United Nations in light of the meeting to be convened by the UN Secretary-General on the sidelines of the General Assembly in New York next week.Meanwhile, the UN Security Council extended on Thursday for one year the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), focused on supporting the North African country’s political process and key national institutions, as well as coordination of international assistance.

Iran UN Envoy Condemns Violence against Myanmar Muslims

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Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gholam Ali Khoshroo strongly condemned the ongoing violence against Muslims in Myanmar, slamming the plight of Rohingya as an example of victimization of innocent people by extremism and intolerance. Addressing a High-Level UN Forum on the Culture of Peace, held on Thursday, Khoshroo condemned the ongoing violence against Muslim people of Myanmar and called for an immediate halt to those crimes. Amid such terrifying events in Myanmar, thousands of Muslims have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others have been force to leave their homes, he deplored. Describing the culture of peace as the essence of the UN Charter, Khoshroo bemoaned the fact that unilateralism and force in the international relations have resulted in instability, insecurity and spread of terrorism and extremism in the world.

What Russian “peacekeepers” want

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The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine in February 2015 approved an appeal to the UN and the European Union regarding the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in Ukraine. “The issue was considered and a decision was made to appeal to the UN and the EU regarding the deployment of peacekeeping and security missions in Ukraine,” NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov told journalists at the time. It was noted that the peacekeepers should be deployed both along the line of contact in Donbas and along the uncontrolled section of the Russian-Ukrainian border. The reason for the decision was another escalation in Donbas. But Moscow’s reaction was unequivocal: Minsk accords do not presuppose any peacekeepers – exclamation mark.

Saudi Arabia condemns Myanmar’s Rohingya attacks

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Saudi Arabia’s mission to the United Nations highlighted the Kingdom’s condemnation for the attacks on Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority. Saudi Arabia as the leader of the islamic Ummah has caled for a resolution to condemn the human rights violations committed against the muslim minority. Saudi Arabia ha stressed the security council to adress this issue on its agenda. Also has expressed its concern to secretary general, which resulted in a condemnation from United Nation. More than 2,600 houses have been burned down in Rohingya-majority areas of Myanmar’s northwest in the last week. About 58,600 Rohingya have fled the violence into Bangladesh from Myanmar, according to UN refugee agency UNHCR, as aid workers there struggle to cope.

Aid group calls on Libya to end detention of refugees

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Doctors Without Borders, known by the French acronym MSF, said in a statement Friday that medical conditions in detention centers in Tripoli, where the United Nations-backed government is based, are either caused or aggravated by ‘squalid detention conditions and ill treatment. The European Union earmarked tens of millions of euros to improve conditions for migrants inside Libyan detention centers. But the group says international funding to Libya is not the solution.

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