Latest report on Security Council shows increasing burden of work President

Introducing the report to the 191-member General Assembly, Ambassador Negroponte said, “The report, which covers the period from August 1, 2002, to July31, 2003, indicates that the Council’s seemingly ever-increasing workload continues to grow.”There were many areas of focus, including Iraq, the Middle East and Afghanistan, which are covered in detail in the report. Africa was also considered a high priority throughout the year, with the Council responding to worsening conflicts in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia, while also working to encourage continuing progress in bringing peace and stability to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi.”Council missions went to Central and West Africa and examined issues affecting the continent, such as the threat of small arms and mercenary fighters and the role of UN mechanisms in promoting peace, he said.The report said Afghanistan would host a Council mission later this year.The 15-member Council also held debates on such subjects as women, peace and security, children in armed conflict, and the peaceful settlement of disputes, Ambassador Negroponte said.”The fight against terrorism also continued to be a major focus of the Council’s work, with the Counter-terrorism Committee working extensively to fulfil its mandate,” he said.The report said the Committee was deepening its contacts with international, regional and sub-regional organizations to improve the flow of information and to liaise with them on assistance needed for the fight against terrorism. read more

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TT teen killed in shootout with cops

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T police kill three in shootoutFebruary 2, 2018In “latest news”Trinidad murder toll climbs to 62February 11, 2019In “latest news”Three killed in T&T drive-by shootingMarch 31, 2017In “Crime” (Trinidad Guardian) A 19-year-old man who was shot was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Senior police officers in the Port-of-Spain Division have launched an investigation into a shooting incident involving police officers at Hell Yard, Beetham Gardens yesterday which left a teenager (inset) dead.He was identified as Akiel Thomas, of Phase Five, Beetham. Police claimed he was shot during an exchange of gunfire around 6.30 am.This incident triggered scores of residents to protest in anger and some attempted to block the roads—the Eastern Main Road, the Priority Bus Route and the Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Beetham.Their actions were short-lived after vanloads of heavily-armed police officers arrived on the scene.According to a police report, officers of the Port-of-Spain Division were conducting exercises in the community when they were confronted by a group of people at Hell Yard.One of the men, police said, pulled out a firearm and opened fire on the police.The police returned fire shooting Thomas in the chest. The other men, police said, ran off. Police said they recovered a firearm on the scene.Police said Thomas was known to them and was believed to be involved in a gang.Guardian Media was told that he acted as a “lookout” out to monitor who was attempting to enter the area.A relative denied the police claims saying that Thomas was no gang member.“He was a girl’s man and lime out late almost every day. He probably limed late last night (Tuesday) and slept away on the chair outside.“He was sleeping on the chair and the police come up and shoot him just so. There was no shootout. He had no gun,” the relative, who refused to give his name, said.The T&T Police Service’s public relations officer, ASP Michael Jackman said police officers have in place several plans to deal with the Beetham residents should they “act up.”“The police would respond accordingly should anything take place. The head of the Port-of-Spain Division is well on top of the matter and the situation there is clearly being monitored,” he said. The flow of traffic, up to press time, was normal along the PBR, main road and highway. read more

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