Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno made his comments at a press conference in Sudan on Thursday, the final day of a joint UN-African Union (AU) mission that has been holding talks with government officials, regional leaders, IDP representatives and others in efforts to strengthen the AU force already in the region (AMIS), as well as prepare for its possible transition to a full-fledged UN operation.“Our assurances are that the UN as well as the African Union does not take sides. It only takes the side of the United Nations that is to work for peace…IDPs representing hundreds and thousands of people said that they wanted a deployment of United Nations troops so we did our best to develop plans to satisfy all the people of Darfur,” Mr. Guéhenno told reporters.But he also acknowledged that Sudan’s Government has so far rejected any idea of a UN force taking over from the AU, although he stressed that humanitarian concerns should be at the forefront of discussions regarding such a force.“Let us not try to get into polemics but try to bring an end to the suffering of the people of Sudan. If we don’t do that, I think history will be very hard on those who would not have done everything to bring an end to that suffering.”In a related development, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told reporters in New York that “dialogue continues” regarding a possible UN force for Darfur, adding also that he was looking forward to meeting Sudan President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir next week.“We have not got the agreement of the Sudanese Government yet, but the dialogue continues, and I look forward to seeing him again at the African Union summit in Banjul [Gambia] next week. I hope we will be able to pursue the discussion, not only with me, but with other African leaders.”“I have tried to get across the message that we are coming in to help the Sudanese authorities and the people of Sudan, the people in Darfur, and quite honestly, if they had been protected, the question of UN deployment would not be necessary,” he pointed out.Three years of fighting in Darfur between Government forces, pro-government militias and rebels have killed scores of thousands of people and displaced more than 2 million others amid charges of civilian massacre, rape and other atrocities.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 21, 2013 5:36 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,794.25 up 68.56 points):Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM). Wireless technology. Up $1.70, or 10.82 per cent, at $17.41 on 13,384,166 shares. The BlackBerry maker closed at its highest level since mid-January of last year as the stock added to recent gains as it benefits from recent analyst upgrades. As well, CEO Thorsten Heins suggested in an interview with a German newspaper that the company could sell its hardware division and license its operating system to a third party.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up eight cents, or 0.85 per cent, at $9.53 on 5,937,967 shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 14 cents, or 0.98 per cent, at $14.44 on 4,140,913 shares.ROI Canadian Mortgage Income Fund (TSX:RIL.UN). Investment fund. Down four cents, or 0.42 per cent, at $9.45 on 3,488,246 shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 34 cents, or 1.98 per cent, at $17.53 on 3,242,822 shares.Surge Energy Inc. (TSX:SGY). Oil and gas. Unchanged at $3.70 on 3,169,811 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,236.60 up 1.28 points):Galway Gold Inc. (TSXV:GLW). Gold explorer. Up 6.5 cents, or 16.25 per cent, at 46.5 cents on 6,086,360 shares.Anatolia Energy Corp. (TSXV:AEE). Oil and gas explorer. Down 1.5 cents, or 27.27 per cent, at four cents on 5,045,079 shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up four cents, or 1.67 per cent, at $2.44 on 2,283,167 shares. The stock continued its recent rise despite news that the landing gear of an Air Canada Jazz plane fell off after it landed at Toronto’s Pearson airport on Sunday. Jazz spokeswoman Manon Stuart said pilots kept complete control of the plane during the incident, which saw emergency vehicles race out to the plane as a precautionary measure.Rona Inc. (TSX:RON). Home improvement retailer. Up 36 cents, or 3.13 per cent, at $11.86 on 169,835 shares. The embattled company announced the appointment of a new chairman, renovated and expanded its board to 14 directors from 12 and hired a consulting firm to speed up a reviews of strategic priorities announced late last year.