Premier Stephen McNeil has accepted the resignation of his chief of staff, Kirby McVicar, effective today, Nov. 24. “I now consider this matter dealt with. I have just returned from Ottawa where I was meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the other premiers,” said Premier McNeil. “I plan to get back to dealing with the important issues that truly matter to Nova Scotians.” -30-
Paris – Although the late King Mohammed V bravely defended Morocco’s interests, he has never failed to affirm deep bonds with France nor his solidarity in hardships, said on Tuesday French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius at a dinner held in Paris to mark the 60th anniversary of La Celle-Saint Cloud agreements that ended the exile of the late monarch and started transition to Morocco’s independence.Recalling that French General de Gaulle granted to the Sovereign the prestigious distinction of liberation companion, the head of the French diplomacy also evoked the memory of the late King Hassan II who was present both in exile and during his father’s triumphant return to Morocco.Fabius also paid tribute to the memory of French people who supported Morocco’s legitimate aspiration to independence, stressing that 60 years after the La Celle-Saint Cloud agreement “our two sovereign nations, under the impulse of King Mohammed VI and President François Hollande, are looking to a bright future of solidarity”The two countries are endeavoring together for the settlement of the crises in Libya, in the Middle East, in the Sahel and are closely cooperating to save the planet from global warming, he went on. France and Morocco are also playing a crucial part in the rapprochement between the two Mediterranean banks and develop trade and entrepreneurship, research and innovation, said Fabius who noted that the strong relations between the two countries in culture are promoting development and securing security, to better serve the youth. In a message read out by Prince Moulay Rachid, King Mohammed VI stressed on Tuesday that friendship between Morocco and France should be able to reinvent itself, at all times, so that both our countries may keep pace with the changes they are experiencing and rise, together, to the challenges of the 21st century.The King also affirmed that Morocco and France should continue to move forward together and to tap their brainpower and acumen to come up with innovative answers to the major issues that are of concern to the international community.With MAP
The call was issued by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson; his Special Representative in the DRC, Martin Kobler; the United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region and the DRC, Russ Feingold; the Special Representative of the African Union, Boubacar Diarra; and the European Union Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes Region, Koen Vervaeke.It comes after a representative of the group, known by its French acronym FDLR, stated in a letter that the rebels would lay down their weapons on 30 May 2014 in two locations in North and South Kivu provinces. Reports indicate that no such activity took place in South Kivu, and up until now, an “insignificant” number of low-ranking combatants surrendered in North Kivu, according to a joint statement by the envoys. “The envoys recall that the FDLR is an illegitimate armed group that is the subject of UN sanctions, responsible for grave human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law, and that has caused untold suffering throughout eastern Congo and in Rwanda,” said the statement.It noted that members of the FDLR who choose not to surrender, renounce violence, and submit to a disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration process will remain subject to military action by the Congolese national army and the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUSCO), in line with its mandate to neutralize armed groups. Those members of the FDLR who surrender and want to return to Rwanda can be repatriated, it added.