Dec 132017
 
UEFA and UN to stage 'Match for Solidarity' in April

UEFA and the United Nations will team up to stage a charity match in Geneva on April 21 next year, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday.Two star-studded teams, managed by Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti and France coach Didier Deschamps and captained by Luis Figo and Ronaldinho, will take to the field at the Stade de Geneve in a match whose proceeds UEFA says will help “finance international humanitarian and development projects”.“I am honoured to participate in this global event. As the most popular sport in the world, football is uniquely placed to bring people together and to be a force for good,” said Figo, who is currently a UEFA football advisor.“As players, it is great that we can give something back to society and help create a better world.”The coaches and captains will select their teams in the coming months. Former international referee Pierluigi Collina will officiate the contest. Click for detailed story

Dec 072017
 
Jerusalem issue must be resolved through direct negotiations between parties: UN chief

New York – In the wake of the announcement by the United States President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres stressed that there is no alternative to the two-state solution and that Jerusalem is an issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties.In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: there is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B, said Guterres, speaking to the press at UN headquarters in New York.In his remarks, the UN chief noted that it is only by realizing the vision of two states living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition, with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine, and all final status issues resolved permanently through negotiations, that the legitimate aspirations of both peoples will be achieved.I understand the deep attachment that Jerusalem holds in the hearts of so many people. It has been so for centuries and it will always be, he added.He also noted that since he took up his post as UN Secretary General, he has consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians.For my part as the UN Secretary General, I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations and to realize this vision of a lasting peace for both people, he stated.Source: International Islamic News Agency Click for [Read More…]

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