Warning that Middle East violence could spread Annan urges parties to talk

“I am worried that if we do not contain the crisis it could spread,” Mr. Annan said today in Austria during a press encounter held jointly with the country’s Foreign Minister, Benita Ferrero-Waldner. He noted that tensions in the region had reached levels “not seen in many years.”Responding to questions, the Secretary-General also calle attention to the human toll exacted by the current “tragic” situation. “We have innocent people suffering and I think the international community has an obligation to do whatever it can to bring an end to this misery,” he said.Mr. Annan said the clashes underscored the need for dialogue. “In my judgement it is when the killing is going on, when you are living that tragedy, that you must talk,” he said. “I do not see how you can bring the situation under control if the protagonists do not come around the table.” In that regard, he expressed support for efforts by German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer to bring the parties together.The press encounter followed a meeting between the Secretary-General and Foreign Minister Ferrero-Waldner, during which they discussed the crisis in the Middle East as well as other issues, including the situation in the Balkans and the fight against AIDS.The Secretary-General began his day by meeting with Pino Arlacchi, the Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna and Executive Director of the Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention. read more

High level OAS Tourism Congress opens in Georgetown

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHistoric OAS tourism congress for next week, 25 countries confirm attendance so farMarch 16, 2018In “latest news”24th Inter-American Congress of Ministers, High-Level Authorities of Tourism launchedJanuary 26, 2018In “latest news”Tourism Congress to address theme of ‘Building Resilience’ in the tourism sectorMarch 12, 2018In “latest news” The opening ceremony of the XXIV Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities took place this morning at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Georgetown. President David Granger delivered the feature address to a gathering which included diplomats, government ministers and officials responsible for tourism from across the region and other stakeholders.The Role of Tourism in pursuit of the SDGs and Connecting the Americas through Sustainable Tourism are being presented by High-level Authorities.From left : Hon. Dominic Gaskin, Minister of Business with responsibility for Tourism, H.E David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and Kim Osborne,Executive Secretary for Integral Development OAS. (DPI photo)One of the key areas for presentations and discussions will be the matter of building resilience in the Tourism sector in the Americas.A number of Tourism heavyweights from the Americas will be making presentations during the course of the event. It is expected that Secretary General and CEO of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Mr. Hugh Riley will be giving a CTO perspective on the theme, while Minister of Tourism of Jamaica, Hon. Edmund Bartlett will look at global efforts to promote resilience. Those addresses will be followed by a Presentation by Ms. Kim Osborne, the Executive Secretary for Integral Development at the Organisation of American States (OAS).Finally, the Vice-Minister of Tourism of Colombia, Ms. Sandra Howard will discuss Tourism resilience by looking at the impact of the peace process on tourism in Colombia.Those presentations will then be followed by a Ministerial Dialogue. read more