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British Foreign Secretary William Hague's statement on the centenary of International Women's Day

British Foreign Secretary William Hague

London, March 8, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague has made a statement on the centenary of International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Mr. William Hague said :

“Today we celebrate one hundred years of International Women’s Day.

Much has been achieved in those first one hundred years. But in many parts of the world, women are still campaigning for the rights and opportunities that they were denied in 1911 and are still denied now – the right to work, to vote, to hold public office, to live their lives free of discrimination and to have full access to the education and opportunity which is their birthright. And in some cases their rights have been eroded.

This year the struggle for democratic rights in the Middle East and North Africa is at the forefront of world attention. Many women have been involved in courageous peaceful protest across the region.

The British Government will support all those working to achieve more open societies in the Middle East. We believe this should include a particular emphasis on the economic, political and social empowerment of women.”   (*)

 

 

 

 

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British Foreign Secretary announces upgrading of the Palestinian Delegation to London

British Foreign Minister William Hague

March 8, 20100 (KATAKAMI.COM) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced that the UK would join many other countries in upgrading the Palestinian Delegation to London to the level of a Mission.

The upgrade is an acknowledgement of the improvements made by the Palestinian Authority in its state building agenda and their progress against their roadmap commitments, and the extent of UK aid to the Palestinian Authority and the UK’s work with them. Under the upgrade the Delegation Office will be renamed the “Palestinian Mission”. There will also be simplified visa arrangements for members of the mission and other administrative benefits.

Speaking ahead of his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas today, Mr. William Hague said:

“Under President Abbas’ leadership, Prime Minister Fayyad and the Palestinian Authority have made significant progress in building the foundations of a viable Palestinian state in line with their road map commitments. In light of this, and given the extent of our aid to the Palestinian Authority and our work with them, I will today confirm that we will join many other countries in upgrading the status of the Palestinian Delegation to London to the level of a Mission.

The UK continues to support the creation of a sovereign, independent and contiguous Palestinian State alongside a safe and secure Israel at peace with its neighbours. But we also continue to believe that the best way to achieve a lasting solution that delivers this is through a negotiated solution. We want to see an urgent return to negotiations, based on clear parameters including 1967 borders.  We will work with all the parties to press for a decisive breakthrough in 2011. I will discuss these issues with President Abbas today”.   (*)
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Iran slams US military option in Libya

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast

March 8, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Amid the growing likelihood of a US military intervention in Libya, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has denounced as “unacceptable” any foreign military move in the North African country.

As reported by Iranian Television PRESS TV on Tuesday, Iran strongly condemns the killings of innocent people and military options in any country and calls for an immediate end to such efforts, Mehmanparast told reporters at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

He added that certain countries, particularly the United States which has always backed dictators, have used “defending the rights of Libyan people” as a pretext for their “military intervention, occupation of the region and establishment of military bases.”

He called on all countries to help meet demands of the Libyan people.

The Iranian spokesperson offered a suggestion to the US and its allies to eradicate the roots of arrogance rather than to continue hatching plots for their military presence in the region.

He further pointed out that the ongoing developments in Middle Eastern and North African countries were a “blow to the interests of certain Western countries and supporters of the Zionist regime.”

Mehmanparast emphasized that the demands of regional nations are based on independence from foreign powers and defiance of the Zionist regime, which is supported by the United States and certain Western countries.

““They are making great efforts to portray that events similar to what is currently taking place in North African and Middle Eastern states will also unravel in independent and influential countries in the region such as the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the spokesman said.

“This is a huge deception in terms of political maneuvering and media ploys employed by Western countries that always claim to defend democracy and human rights,” he stressed.   (*)
 
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Photostream : On the eve of International Women's Day, Russian President meets mothers of large families

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated the women of the upcoming holiday and answered their questions about what the state plans to do to support large families. Other issues discussed included different options for using maternity capital, the law on adoptive family status, new educational standards and the development of inclusive education, and loans affordability. Following the meeting, a number of presidential instructions will be issued. Medvedev (L) meets with a group of mothers of large families on the eve of International Women's Day at Barvikha presidential residence outside Moscow March 7, 2011. Picture taken March 7, 2011. ( Photo : KREMLIN.RU)

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) meets with a group of mothers of large families on the eve of International Women's Day at the Barvikha presidential residence outside Moscow March 7, 2011. Picture taken March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) meets with a group of mothers of large families on the eve of International Women's Day at Barvikha presidential residence outside Moscow March 7, 2011. Picture taken March 7, 2011. (Photo : KREMLIN.RU)

 
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Photostream : Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono meets Philippine President Benigno Aquino

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, left, walks with Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono before a meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Philippine President Benigno Aquino (L) and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (R) walk to the presidential palace in Jakarta on March 8, 2011 during arrival honors for the Philippine leader. Aquino is expected to hold a press conference with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on his visit to discuss terrorism and climate change. (Photo by ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Philippine President Benigno Aquino (L) delivers his address during a joint statement with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (R) following their meeting at the presidential palace in Jakarta on March 8, 2011. The two Southeast Asian leaders pledged closer cooperation in the fight against terrror. (Photo by ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

 
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U.S. Hillary Clinton congratulates on International Women's Day

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

March 8, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) —- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has congratulated the international society with the International Women’s Day stressing the important role of women in the present-day world, as reported by RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

“March 8th is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The United States continues to make women a cornerstone of our foreign policy. It’s not just the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing. Women and girls drive our economies. They build peace and prosperity. Investing in them means investing in global economic progress, political stability, and greater prosperity for everyone – the world over,” she said.

International Women’s Day, based on National Women’s Day in the U.S., was first proposed in 1910 by Clara Zetkin, an influential socialist German politician and a fighter for women’s rights. Zetkin intended it as a call to women around the world to battle for equal rights.

“So let us mark this day by finding ways to ensure women and girls’ access to education, healthcare, jobs, and credit, and to protect their right to live free from violence,” Clinton added.  (*)
 
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PM Netanyahu formulating new peace plan: source

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting on March 06, 2011 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM , ISRAEL, March 8, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is formulating a plan to break a diplomatic deadlock by offering Palestinians some limited “steps on the ground” in the absence of direct peace talks, an Israeli official said, AP reported on Monday.

The official, who spoke to Reuters on Monday on condition of anonymity, said Netanyahu had not abandoned Washington and Europe’s goal of achieving a final status deal with the Palestinians, or a two-state solution of the conflict.

But he was now looking at what the official called a “phased approach” to achieving that goal, steps which Israeli media speculate may include a handover of more occupied West Bank land to Palestinian control, or a removal of some Jewish enclaves.

“You can’t achieve peace without negotiations but you can take steps on the ground that amount to a phased approach,” said the official, who would not elaborate but also did not rule out the ideas broached by the media reports.

Israeli, Palestinian talks relaunched ceremoniously by Washington in September broke down weeks later on the issue of Jewish settlements built in West Bank land captured in a 1967 war where Palestinians want to build their state.

Israel has so far refused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s demands that it cease all settlement construction so that negotiations may resume, insisting such requests amount to setting preconditions for peace.

Some Israeli officials worry the protracted diplomatic paralysis held the risk of straining Israel’s ties with Western allies and igniting new violence in the region.

‘SLIPPERY SLOPE’

“What is certain that we cannot allow to continue is this (free fall), this slippery slope that leads almost inevitably to Israel’s isolation,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israel Radio, adding he thought the country had to make a “bold move.”

Word that Netanyahu was looking at another peace plan surfaced last week but the only details reported suggested he was looking to achieve an interim rather than a final deal.

Palestinians rejected the idea outright. Saeb Erekat, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, called it “a reflection of the fact that we don’t have a partner for the end game in this Israeli government.”

The Israeli official speaking on Monday said Netanyahu’s plan though not yet finalized would not supplant the goal of achieving a negotiated settlement, but stake out a more gradual approach to get there.

He saw turmoil engulfing much of the Arab world as a catalyst behind Netanyahu’s plan. The Israeli leader felt Palestinian leaders who may feel threatened by the wave of unrest may grow less flexible toward Israel, raising the spectre of new violence if diplomatic stalemate persisted.

Israel has also been concerned about reports of Palestinian plans to declare statehood unilaterally in the West Bank in the months to come, which could put Israel under greater pressure to yield them territory.

A handful of nations has already agreed to recognize such a state.

“There’s a growing understanding that Israel needs to take the initiative and break out of the current impasse and move the peace process forward,” the Israeli official said.

“The consistent refusal of the Palestinians to even come to the table has made a negotiated agreement all but impossible.”

American lawmakers have asked Netanyahu to unveil his ideas soon before the U.S. Congress, the official said. The last Israeli prime minister to speak there was Ehud Olmert, in 2006.

Netanyahu was expected to next visit Washington in May for a meeting of the powerful Jewish lobby group, AIPAC, a frequent forum for policy speeches. But he could move up that trip if Congress were to offer a formal invitation, the official said.  (*)
 
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