France Won’t Use its Veto on the Sahara: Gérard Araud

New York- Gérard Araud, France’s Ambassador to the United Nations, said in a Tweet on Friday that his country would not use its veto power in the Security Council against any resolution on the Sahara. The French diplomat was apparently answering the Polisario and its supporters, who accused France of its willingness to use its veto to block any resolution that doesn’t take into account Morocco’s interests.“Once for all and I stop here. France has NOT threatened to use its veto directly or not. The last French veto was in the 80s,” the French diplomat said. The UN Security Council is scheduled to vote on the renewal of the MINURSO’s mandate on April 23rd. But as in recent years, France won’t have to use its veto power, since the draft resolution that is being circulated to the Security Council members does not include any provision calling for the extension of MINURSO’s mandate to include a human rights monitoring mechanism, a position that has been defended in recent years by the Polisario and its supporters, mainly Algeria, South Africa and Nigeria.In all likelihood the French Ambassador made this tweet while being sure that the UNSC resolution on the renewal of MINURSO’s mandate will be adopted by consensus as has been the case in recent years.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

UN sets up observer mission to monitor Fiji elections

The announcement comes on the heels of yesterday’s decision by the UN General Assembly to establish an electoral observer mission in Fiji. The vote is scheduled to take place 25 August to 1 September.According to a UN spokesman, the Mission will comprise about 40 international staff taken from Member States and the UN Secretariat. Along with monitors from the Commonwealth and the European Union, the observers will supervise the polling process across the country. They will also monitor the vote counting from 3 to 8 September and will observe the local population’s acceptance of the outcome for five days after the announcement of the results.This will be the first time since the 1994 elections in South Africa that the United Nations will be involved in this type of mission. read more

Complete Immersive mine operator training system

first_imgImmersive Technologies will display what it describes as “the world’s first complete mine operator training system” at AIMEX. “This is the mining industry’s most advanced, complete and scalable solution for mining equipment operator development,” said Ashley Mullaney, Global Events Manager with Immersive. “AIMEX attendees will be able to experience the results of years of dedicated R&D, collaboration with hundreds of users of the industry’s largest installed fleet of advanced equipment simulators, and exclusive partnerships with leading OEMs, including Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu, Liebherr and P&H Mining.” Features of the new system, which incorporates the company’s advanced equipment simulators, include: A training model blending eLearning, instructor-led training, and medium and high fidelity simulators with a customised content and curriculum – designed to ensure high levels of staff readiness, operational improvement and trainee output in a cost-effective mannerSimCloud technology offering operations complete visibility of local or global simulation training programs via a secure websiteGlobal operator benchmarking tools so operations can benchmark their equipment operators against global norms based on data captured from more than 23,000 operatorsA trainer productivity station designed to alleviate the industry shortage of experienced trainersSimDesktop, allowing trainers and managers to use, anywhere and anytime, their Immersive Technologies’ simulator data analysis and scenario configuration toolsSimMentor facilities for briefing before simulation training sessions, and debriefing afterwards to help increase training effectiveness and free up simulator timelast_img read more