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Convention banning landmines enters into force for Finland
Geneva – Today, the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention, has entered into force for Finland which is now bound to never, under any circumstances, use, produce or transfer anti-personnel mines and to destroy its existing stockpile of mines within four years. (Full Story)
Egypt. Morsi’s victory signals continued transition
Cairo/Brussels - Celebrated by millions of Egyptians, yesterday's announcement that Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, has won the presidential election undoubtedly marks a milestone in the country’s history.  (Full Story)
Myanmar. Government and parliament face many serious challenges
Jakarta/Brussels - With Myanmar embarked on a remarkable top-down transition from five decades of authoritarian rule and extensive reforms already in place, it is time for the international community to help it address the remaining complex and numerous challenges by ending sanctions and looking to cooperation rather than coercion to promote further change. (Full Story)
China’s New Courtship in South Sudan
Juba/Beijing/Nairobi/Brussels -Following its oil interests and other opportunities to Juba, China is building a new relationship with South Sudan but finds itself drawn into a dangerous dispute that risks bringing the Sudans back to conflict. (Full Story)
Putting Mali Back on the Constitutional Track
Dakar/Brussels - Regional leaders and the wider international community must act quickly to help put Mali back on the path of constitutional order. (Full Story)
Israel- Palestine - Jews and Arabs must answer profound questions for a sustainable two-state solution
Nazareth/Jerusalem/Ramallah/Brussels - Israel should take urgent steps to integrate its Arab minority into the country’s civic order, but Israeli Jews and the Palestinian national movement need also to agree on the character of the State of Israel and the rights its Arab citizens should enjoy. (Full Story)
Obama, Netanyahu to Hold Critical Talks on Iran Options
by Dan Robinson

Benjamin Netanyahu will meet President Obama at the White House on Monday, March 5, 2012, to discuss Iran. President Obama made his strongest comments yet about options regarding Iran amid ongoing intense global concerns about a possible pre-emptive Israeli military strike against Iranian nuclear sites. (Full Story)

The President of the Convention banning anti-personnel mines calls on States not to default on their obligations
Geneva – The president of the international treaty banning anti-personnel mines has called on the international community not to default on their obligations to assist in the efforts to support survivors and to free mined land from its deadly bondage.  (Full Story)
Tunisians share aim of advancing economy
by Amine Ghali

London - A year after the fall of the previous regime Tunisia is undergoing an unprecedented political transformation. A transition government has led the country to the successful election of a constituent assembly. A new government has already been appointed, marking the second phase of the transition process focused on drafting the constitution and reforming the economy. (Full Story)

The US spent $US 689 billion on Defence
Brussels - In 2010 the governments of the 26 European Defence Agency (EDA) participating Member States (pMS) spent a total of €194 billion on defence. The US spent the equivalent of €520 billion (or $689 billion).  (Full Story)
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