DR Congo UN envoys note M23s announced cessation of hostilities

In a joint statement, the team, led by Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, said they were concerned about the renewed outbreak of violence and that the announced cessation is a “first and necessary step to peace.”They called on the M23 to renounce its rebellion as already agreed. The Envoys further called upon the Government of the DRC to restrain from further military action at this stage.The team includes Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the DRC and the head of the UN peacekeeping mission there known by its French acronym, MONUSCO.In addition, Boubacar Diarra, African Union Special Representative for the Great Lakes, Russell Feingold, United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the DRC, and Koen Vervaeke, European Union Senior Coordinator to the Great Lakes Region.Talks between the M23 and the Government are being held in Kampala, Uganda, under the auspices of the Chairperson of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the Mediator, as well as Ugandan Defence Minister and Facilitator, Crispus Kiyonga.The Envoys urged both parties to remain committed to seeing the political process through to a final and principled agreement that ensures the disarmament and demobilization of the M23 and accountability for human rights abuses.Meanwhile, South African President Jacob Zuma is today hosting leaders from the 15-country Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and some of DRC’s neighbours in the capital of Pretoria.Mrs. Robinson and the Envoys noted that the joint ICGLR-SADC presents an “important opportunity” to build consensus on ending the immediate security crisis and for moving forward with full implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement.The 11-nation Agreement was signed earlier this year under UN auspices as a comprehensive approach to sustainable peace in the region. read more

Bake Off mourners drive hearse outside the BBC

center_img Outside @BBC in London today! Suck it @Channel4 #RIPGBBO #GBBO pic.twitter.com/qJ4BDih8gI— Majid Ravandi (@majrav) October 27, 2016 The stunt was to acknowledge the end of the Great British Bake Off as we know it, as Love Productions is carting it off to Love Productions.The final episode of the final BBC series aired on Wednesday night and had a record 14.8 million viewers.This was even more than when it was at its 2015 peak- an average of 13.4m watched as Nadiya Hussain was crowned winner of the show. Eagle-eyed commuters around the Oxford Circus area may have noticed an unusual hearse heading for the BBC on Thursday morning.Wreaths adorned the vehicle, reading “RIP GBBO”.Mourners holding Victoria sponges stood all in a row.Whether this is in good taste or not is up for debate, but the culprits behind the prank seemed to find it funny.The whole affair was a publicity stunt by the London Dungeon, and the press team clarified the attraction is “always happy to celebrate the darker side of life and baking”.last_img read more