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25 Jul 2017 description

(As delivered)

Mr. President,

Members of the Security Council,

As we meet today to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, the risks of escalation and violence in the region continue to increase, despite the emergence of a newfound agreement among a number of countries of the need to stand united against terrorism and radicalism.

As societies continue to fracture along ethnic or religious lines and non-state actors continue to control large territories, recent events in Jerusalem resonate across the Middle East.

25 Jul 2017 description
report Voice of America

BOGOTA — Colombia's Marxist FARC rebel group will officially launch its new political party on Sept. 1, part of a peace deal with the government under which former guerrilla fighters will serve in congress.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) fought the government for more than half a century, but handed in its weapons as part of a deal negotiated during more than four years of talks in Cuba.

25 Jul 2017 description

A top Russian military official says military police have deployed to the eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital, Damascus, where they will monitor a cease-fire in the safe zone there.

Colonel General Sergei Rudskoi told reporters July 24 that that Russian soldiers set up two checkpoints and four monitoring posts in the eastern Ghouta district.

It wasn't immediately clear how many soldiers had been sent to the area. Russia has had a sizable contingent of air force units and supporting troops operating out of an air base in the coastal province of Latakia.

25 Jul 2017 description

Murithi Mutiga

Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst Murithi Mutiga has just returned from a weeklong tour of the troubled central Kenyan county of Laikipia, where violence between indigenous nomadic pastoralists and ranchers is escalating in the run-up to elections scheduled for 8 August.

25 Jul 2017 description

The German government says Germany, France, Russia, and Ukraine have agreed on a number of "immediate measures" to push forward with a peace deal brokered in 2015 to end the bloody fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The government in Berlin said late on July 24 that the so-called Normandy Group called for the immediate halt to all violations of the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists are fighting forces of the central government in Kyiv.

25 Jul 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 24 2017 (IPS) - The Horn of Africa is often synonymous with extreme poverty, conflict, demographic pressure, environmental stress, and under-investment in basic social services such as health, education, access to clean water and infrastructure.

25 Jul 2017 description

Bambari, 25 July 2017 - During the past ten years, children in the Central African Republic have grown up in the context of almost permanent war. They have been recruited by the various militias as well as by the regular forces and then been sent as cannon fodder to the front lines, forced to fight for one side or the other, to carry out the most appalling atrocities and to suffer quite horrendous violence.

25 Jul 2017 description
report IRIN

Obi Anyadike

DIFFA, 17 juillet 2017

Démobiliser les anciens combattants dans le cadre d’un accord de paix n’est jamais facile, même dans les meilleures circonstances. Pourtant, du Kenya à la Somalie, des tentatives de réintégration sont de plus en plus souvent menées en plein conflit, ce qui complique énormément le processus.

En lire plus sur IRIN

25 Jul 2017 description
report African Union

Juba, South Sudan, 22 July 2017: The African Union Commission (AUC) in accordance with the Communiqué of the 547th meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) of 29 September 2015, embarked on a consultative mission to Juba from 20 to 22 July 2017 to engage with the Transitional Government of National Unity on the implementation of Chapter V (3) of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan of August 2015 (“Peace Agreement”), which relates to the establishment of the Hybrid Court for South Sudan.

25 Jul 2017 description

Mogadishu, 24 July 2017 – A joint meeting of senior officials from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) opened in Mogadishu today, to lay groundwork for the transitioning of Somalia’s security from AMISOM to the country’s security forces.

The four-day meeting was officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister H.E Mahdi Mohamed Guled and the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira.

25 Jul 2017 description
report Radio Dabanga

The second vice-president of Sudan has announced the collection of weapons in Darfur and the reorganisation of the country’s armed forces before the end of this year. Seven people were killed, two wounded, and four kidnapped in separate incidents in the country’s western region last week.

“We will leave weapons in Darfur only for certain purposes,” Second Vice-President Hasabo Abdelrahman said in a speech at the closing session of a Sufi conference of the El Tijaniya in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, on Sunday.

25 Jul 2017 description
report European Commission
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• On 22 July the Timorese electoral management bodies (EMBs) demonstrated again their ability to organise well-administered, credible and inclusive elections. Voters could exercise their franchise in a peaceful environment and without undue interference. Voting, counting and tabulation were conducted efficiently and transparently. There was a marked improvement in certain areas since the recent presidential elections, such as verification of ink traces on voters’ fingers, the only safeguard against multiple voting.

24 Jul 2017 description
report UN News Service

24 juillet 2017 – La Vice-Secrétaire générale des Nations Unies, Amina J Mohammed, est arrivée lundi à Kinshasa, la capitale de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), pour sensibiliser à la lutte contre les violences sexuelles et à la promotion des femmes.

24 Jul 2017 description

By: Sadaf Lakhani ; Julienne Corboz

Based on qualitative surveys and focus group discussions with communities in four Afghan provinces, this Peace Brief analyzes how nonstate actor control over small-scale mining sites and illegal extraction contributes to conflict, the local political economy, and the incentive structures that support illegal extraction.

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