Afghanistan UN chief calls for urgent ceasefire and opening of peace talks

UN chief António Guterres stated that “the warring parties must do everything feasible to ensure that no civilians are further killed or injured by the fighting, and must allow and facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian assistance so that it can reach Ghazni”.In five days of hostilities, about 150 civilians have been killed in the fighting, along with hundreds of Government and Taliban fighters. Mr. Guterres conveyed his condolences to the families who suffered from these attacks. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), when the fighting began, about 270,000 residents were trapped in the city, which is located about 150 km south-west of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. Many seem to have fled the town, according to sources on the ground.Reliable sources on the ground are reporting that Ghazni Public Hospital is “overwhelmed by a continuous influx” of injured members of the government forces, Taliban fighters and civilians.From the humanitarian perspective, the situation in Ghazni “remains particularly grim”, UN Special Representative Yamamoto explained.“The fighting has led to electricity outages along with water and food shortages,” noted Mr. Yamamoto, Head of UNAMA,  in a statement on Wednesday, adding that “communication networks and media outlets have been shuttered, and roads remain blocked, preventing freedom of movement for families seeking safety.” According to OCHA, access into the town remains challenging for aid workers.In July, UNAMA highlighted the tragic toll that the conflict has had on Afghans in 2018, as the first half of the year was the deadliest for civilians since UNAMA began documenting civilian casualties in 2009. This, despite the unprecedented but brief ceasefire between the Government and the Taliban in mid-June to mark the end of Ramadan, which was the first one to be honored in nearly 20 years of conflict.“Equally unacceptable”, added Mr. Yamamoto, is that the fighting has “exacerbated deep-rooted wounds dividing Afghan communities at a time when cohesion is more crucial than ever before”.The Secretary-General stressed the “urgent need for an immediate ceasefire and the opening of talks between the parties to the conflict to negotiate a sustainable peace.”“The targeting of civilians and of civilian facilities are clear violations of international humanitarian law,” he noted, adding that “there can be no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and urgently calls for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the interest of building a more stable and prosperous future for all Afghans”. The UNAMA also chief appealed to all warring parties and the international community to help bring hostilities to an end. “The fighting in Ghazni must stop and the fighting in Afghanistan must stop”, he said, stressing that “the United Nations continues to maintain that there can be no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan”.Referring to the June ceasefire, the Special Representative said that “it illustrated to all Afghans, especially those too young to have known anything but war, what peace looks like.”He added that the UN “stands ready to support any endeavours that would advance” an Afghan-led negotiated settlement. “Confidence-building steps that immediately reduce violence are crucial, and talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are necessary to identify and expand common ground”. read more

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Alpha coal goahead progress with Cerro Moro Windimurra Ming and Batchelor in

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 17 prefeasibility studies, 25 feasibility studies, 34 projects in development, nine new mines that have gone into production, nine existing mines that are expanding, five merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The reports covers 37 gold projects, 14 copper and iron ore, eight nickel projects, seven coal, six tin projects, five zinc and silver, four projects on uranium, lithium and tungsten, three vanadium and molybdenum projects, two projects on rare earth elements, manganese, lead, cobalt and platinum group metals,one project each on barite, zircon, mineral sands, bismuth, titanium and potash, and one polymetallic project. The Queensland government has conditionally approved the development of the A$6.4-billion Alpha coal project in the Galilee basin. The project, being developed by Hancock Coal, is a 30 Mt/y open-pit mine and a 495 km railway line from the mine to Abbot Point port, near Bowen.Extorre Gold Mines provides details of a preliminary internal study for the staging of mine development contemplated in PEA-3 for the Cerro Moro gold-silver project announced on April 2, 2012. The study indicates potential mine development CAPEX of approximately $124 million in stage one of a two stage approach while maintaining initial production exceeding 170,000 oz/y gold equivalent in the first year of production.Going into production: Atlantic has made the first shipment of ferrovanadium from its wholly-owned Windimurra vanadium project in Western Australia. Rambler Metals and Mining has commenced copper concentrate production with ore from its 100% owned Ming copper-gold mine in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Baie Verte Peninsula, Canada. Metanor Resources has delivered its first gold dore bar to the Royal Canadian Mint from its ongoing 5,000  t bulk sample at the Bachelor project. Metanor is continuing its bulk sample and further gold dore bars are to be produced.Discovery Metals has begun commissioning the concentrator at its 100%-owned Boseto copper project in northwest Botswana, at the same time announcing an early start in the December 2013 quarter to Zeta underground operations. Ore crushing has begun and milling, flotation and production of copper-silver concentrate is expected this month. Boseto is designed to produce 36,000 t/y copper and 1.1 Moz/y gold in concentrate.Construction is starting at the Dugald River project, one of the world’s largest and highest grade known undeveloped lead-zinc-silver deposits with a resource of 53 Mt at 12.5% Zn, 1.9% Pb and 36 g/t Ag. Dugald River is located in northwest Queensland, approximately 65 km northwest of Cloncurry.A feasibility study is underway for development of the Ollachea gold mine in Peru, and important local community programs have been agreed. The commitments include a 5% equity participation for the Community of Ollachea, upon the commencement of commercial production.  A prefeasibility study completed in 2011, based upon an indicated resource of 1.4 Moz of gold, pointed to an average production rate of 117,000 oz/y.Minemakers has commenced a process to attract and select suitable parties interested in a joint venture arrangement on Wonarah in Northern Territory Australia. Potential JV partners are likely to be major players in the phosphate value chain from several different countries and the first task will be a bankable feasibility study. Wonarah is one of few major undeveloped rock phosphate deposits in the world and it is ideally located in a politically stable jurisdiction, has significant infrastructure already in place and is well located to access major regional markets.Mwana Africa’s 52.9% subsidiary, Bindura Nickel Corp (BNC), intends to carry out a rights issue to raise $21 million, proceeds of which will be used to fund the restart of BNC’s Trojan Nickel Mine in Zimbabwe.Malaysia Smelting Corp (MSC) has agreed to take a 40% stake in Africa Smelting Corp (ASC), which is currently controlled by Mining Mineral Resources (MMR). ASC is building a new 3,500 t/y tin smelter in Lubumbashi in the Katanga province of DR Congo. One electric furnace has already been installed and a second furnace is under construction. The plant is due to start production in November and will produce 98% crude tin ingots which will be sent for final refining at MSC’s Butterworth plant in Malaysia.This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.last_img read more

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