Statement made on behalf of the ACP Secretary General at the 15th OCT-EU Forum, Orangestad, Aruba, 24-02-17
Mr. Mike Eman, Chairman of OCTA and Premier of Aruba,
Excellency, Mr. Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development,
Excellencies, Members of the European Parliament,
Chairman of the Conference of the President of the Outermost Regions,
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is with great pleasure and honour that, upon your kind and appreciated invitation, I am here today on behalf of the 79 member states of the ACP Group, to share with you some thoughts at this important 15th OCT-EU Forum gathered here in this beautiful island of Aruba.
The ACP Group of States has learnt with deep shock and sadness of the suicide attack that occurred on 18th January 2017 at an army Camp in Gao, Northern part of Mali.
The ACP Group of States expresses heartfelt condolences to the Government and People of Mali particularly to the families of the victims of the suicide bomb explosion.
The ACP Group of States condemns this heinous act of terror that has led to 60 deaths and 115 injured, with the strongest possible terms. The ACP Group of States stands with the People of Mali in solidarity and confirms its strong will to support Mali in its efforts to sustain peace and counter terrorism.
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In extending New Year Greetings to our 79 Member States of the African, Caribbean & Pacific (ACP) Group, may I once again reiterate the deep appreciation of the ACP’s Secretariat to our Presidents and Prime Ministers, the Council of Ministers, Senior Officials, Continental and Regional organisations, development partners, civil society and private sector organisations that contributed so significantly to the main achievements of the ACP Family in 2016.
The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States is following keenly the political developments in the Gambia following Presidential elections held on 1st December 2016 that led to the election of President Elect Adama Barrow.
Concerned at the volte – face by President Yahya Jammeh, the ACP calls for respect of the will of the Gambian people as expressed by the election results and the need for a peaceful and orderly transfer of power to the President elect.
The ACP Group of States seizes this opportunity to support all efforts by the International Community and Regional Organisations, in particular ECOWAS, to ensure smooth and peaceful transfer of power to President elect Adama Barrow on 19th January 2017
The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States congratulates the people of Ghana for a smooth, peaceful and successful, organization of the Presidential and parliamentary elections held on the 7th December 2016.
The ACP Congratulates President Elect Nana Akufo-Addo for his election and accession to the Presidency of the Republic of Ghana. The ACP commends President John Dramani Mahama for the graceful acceptance of the results of the elections.
The ACP Group stands committed to promoting peace, good governance and democracy in ACP states and applauds the people of Ghana for affirming the strength of Ghana’s democracy through this election.
Brussels 01 December 2016/ ACP: The 104th session of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States ended yesterday in Brussels, presided over by the Hon. Lindsay F.P. GRANT, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Consumer Affairs of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States continues to monitor closely the unsettling political developments in The Gambia, following the successfully conducted elections of December 1, the graceful concession of defeat by President JAMMEH on December 2, and the latter’s subsequent reversal of that decision on December 9. The ACP Group joins the international community in condemning the decision by outgoing President JAMMEH to subsequently contest the results of the elections, which had been declared free, fair and transparent by the Independent Electoral Commission, and which threatens the peace and harmony for which The Gambia is renowned. Various strata of the Gambian society have unanimously condemned this volte-face – the lawyers, business community, stud