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GENEVA / DRONES

26 marzo 2014
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STORY:  GENEVA / DRONES TRT: 2:43 SOURCE: UNTV CH RESTRICTIONS: NONE LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATS DATELINE: 11 MARCH 2014, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND SHOTLIST: 1. Wide shot, exterior, UN flag, Palais des Nations, Geneva 2. Wide shot, tilt from ceiling, Human Rights Council 3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism: “I am pleased to be able to report a significant de-escalation in the use of drones by the United States in the FATA region of Pakistan. The total number if reported strikes during 2013 was down to 27 from a peak of 128 in 2010.  For the first time in 9 years there were no reports of civilian casualties in Pakistan in. 2013. The diplomatic and political efforts of Pakistan to bring these strikes to a halt, so as to enable peace talks with the Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) to take place, appear to have borne fruit. So far this year no drone strikes have taken place at all. That is the longest period without a drone strike in Pakistan since 2009.” 4.  Med shot, Ben Emmerson, Human Rights Council 5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and

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PAM VIII Plenary Session Marseille 20 – 22 January 2014

21 gennaio 2014
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1st Standing Committee Reports and Resolutions Adopted   The First PAM Standing Committee dedicated to Political and Security Cooperation discussed and adopted two reports and their respective resolutions, which dealt with the Mena political developments (Rapporteur Hon. Justyne Caruana-Malta) and Public Sector Corruption in the Mediterranean Region (Rapporteur Hon. Giorgio Girgis Sorial-Italy). The session was also addressed by the President of the House of Representatives of Morocco, H.E. Karim Ghellab, the Consul-General of Greece in Marseilles, Mr. Stylianos Gavriil, who highlighted the priorities of the current Greek EU Presidency, the Diredctor for European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jordan, Dr. Yousef Bataineh, and Dr. Fadia Dib from the Foreign Relations Committee of the Syrian Parliament. Following are the presentations delivered by Hon. Pedro Roque (Portugal) and by Hon. Girtgis Sorial respectively.                                                   PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF THE MEDITERRANEAN                                                          ASSEMBLEE PARLEMENTAIRE DE LA MEDITERRANEE          الجمعيـــة  البرلمانيــة  للبحـــر  الأبيــض  المتوســـــــط                                                            Report on the Middle East prepared by Hon. Justyne Caruana (Malta)  Presented by Hon. Pedro Roque (Portugal) on the occasion of the PAM 8th Plenary Session 20 January 2014, Marseille, France Check against delivery Mr. President, Excellencies, Dear Colleagues,

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PAM VIII Plenary Session kicks off in Marseille, France. Peace and dialogue highlighted in messages by H.H. Pope Francis and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon

21 gennaio 2014
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The 8th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean was inaugurated today in Marseille, France by PAM President, Senator Francesco Amoruso (Italy), PAM Vice-President Hon. Michel Vauzelle (President of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur Regional Council), and the President of the French National Assembly, H.E. Claude Bartolone, and the President of the French Senate, H.E. Jean Pierre Bel.   More than 200 participants, including parliamentarians from PAM member states, PAM associate countries and organisations, are meeting at the Villa Méditerranée, where PAM is rounding up the activities of 2013.   Special messages by H.H. Pope Francis and H.E. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General,  highlighted the role of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean in supporting dialogue and peace in the region.   During the opening session other speeches were delivered by the Deputy Head of the International Cooperation Committee of the Russian Federation Council, Sen. Andrey Klimov and the Director of the European Affairs and Euro-Arab Cooperation Department of the League of Arab States.. Mrs, Omnia Taha.     Speeches for the opening session are herewith included. Opening Speech The President Sen. Francesco Amoruso (Italy)   It is my pleasure to address today the opening ceremony of the 8th Meeting of

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Statement by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean on car-bomb attacks in Turkey

14 maggio 2013
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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) reiterates its condemnation of acts of terrorism and violence targeting innocent civilians, following the bomb attacks in the Turkish Southeastern city of Reyhanli in the Hatay province, bordering Syria. There is no justification for such acts. The explosions causing, till now, the death of 46 people and injuring more than a hundred people, cannot be passively tolerated by the international community and PAM insists that any spill over of the Syrian conflict beyond its borders must be avoided at all costs both in respect for national sovereignty and stability in the region. The fate of civilians in general and of the Syrian displaced population and refugees is constantly kept under the lens by PAM, which insists on a rapid and political solution to the conflict. To this effect, in consultation with the UN Secretary General, PAM will convene a high level international parliamentary hearing to review with the Syrian parliamentarians, other PAM delegations, and major humanitarian organizations, obstacles to the delivery of humanitarian assistance and measures on how to step up protection to the civilian population in Syria and in neighboring countries. The event will be hosted by the Italian parliament and will

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