Ban Kimoon to hold Darfur crisis talks with head of African Union

13 April 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will hold talks on Monday with the head of the African Union (AU) in a bid to generate momentum for the peace process in Darfur, where the planned deployment of a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force has stalled amid differences with the Sudanese Government. Alpha Oumar Konaré, Chairperson of the AU Commission, will be at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday and Tuesday for talks with Mr. Ban and with the two organizations’ special envoys for the Darfur crisis, Jan Eliasson of the UN and Salim Ahmed Salim of the AU. UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said today that Mr. Ban and Mr. Konaré are expected to brief the Security Council on Monday afternoon on the latest developments regarding the conflict engulfing Darfur, where Government forces and allied Janjaweed militias have been fighting rebel groups. More than 200,000 people have been killed and 2 million others displaced from their homes in the fighting, which has led to the destruction of entire villages. There are increasing fears that the conflict is spilling over into neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). Monday’s talks will take place less than a week after a technical-level meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, between the UN, the AU and the Sudanese Government to finalize the measures for the UN “heavy support package” to the current AU peacekeeping mission known as AMIS. The heavy support package is the second phase of the three-step process culminating in the eventual deployment of the hybrid UN-AU force of approximately 17,000 troops and 3,000 police officers. Under the plan, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is currently providing AMIS with a “light support package” that includes police advisers, civilian staff and additional resources and technical support. The heavy support package discussed this week in Addis Ababa will feature several hundred UN personnel assisting AMIS. At a mini-summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last month with the AU and the UN, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir agreed to re-double efforts to resolve the Darfur conflict and on “the shared need to move expeditiously ahead” with the hybrid operation. But Sudan later voiced reservations about the plan leading to the hybrid force. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,732.61 down 17.91 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Plane and train maker. Up 11 cents, or 2.32 per cent, at $4.85 on 7.93 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 6.61 per cent, at $2.42 on 6.83 million shares. The gold sector led all advancers on the main index, rising 3.72 per cent to 195.60 points as bullion advanced $12.40 to US$1,391.30 per ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 37 cents, or 2.28 per cent, at $16.59 on 5.94 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 20 cents, or 3.42 per cent, at $6.05 on 5.28 million shares.Premier Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX:PG). Miner. Up 11 cents, or 6.01 per cent, at $1.94 on 4.48 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (953.71 down 0.70 of a point):Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Down a penny, or 1.47 per cent, at 67 cents on 9.67 million shares.Seafield Resources Ltd. (TSXV:SFF). Gold explorer. Up 1.5 cents, or 25 per cent, at 7.5 cents on 5.26 million shares. Stock in the Toronto-based company continued to rise a day after it announced a new discovery of gold-copper prophyry mineralization at its project in Colombia.Companies reporting major news:BMO Financial Group (TSX:BMO). Bank. Down $1.20, or 1.88 per cent, at $62.50 on 3.17 million shares. BMO missed analysts estimates on earnings as it reported second-quarter profit of $975 million or $1.42 per share, down from $1.03 billion or $1.51 per share a year ago. Revenue was flat at $3.94 billion compared with $3.96 billion in the prior-year quarter.BRP Inc. (TSX:DOO). Personal recreation vehicles. 296,133 shares. The maker of Ski-Doo snowmobile and Sea-Doo personal watercraft, started trading publicly for the first time Wednesday closing at $25, up from its initial public offering price of $21.50. by The Canadian Press Posted May 29, 2013 5:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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