Ban Kimoon names Ibrahim Gambari to continue diplomatic initiatives on Myanmar

“In the discharge of his functions, Mr. Gambari will work in coordination with relevant parts of the UN system in order to support Myanmar’s efforts in implementing relevant General Assembly resolutions,” according to a statement by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson Michele Montas.Mr. Ban also “looks forward to the cooperation of the Government of Myanmar and all relevant parties to the national reconciliation process, with a view to making tangible progress towards the restoration of democracy and the protection of human rights” in the South-East Asian country, she added.Mr. Gambari’s appointment is effective immediately.He has been serving as Special Adviser on the International Compact with Iraq and Other Political Issues since early March, and, prior to that, was chief of the Political Affairs Department in July, 2005. He was also the Special Adviser on Africa and headed the UN Mission in Angola. He was Nigeria’s Ambassador to the world body from 1999 to 2002. 22 May 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today designated senior adviser Ibrahim Gambari of Nigeria as his representative in carrying out the diplomatic brief given to him by the General Assembly on Myanmar. read more

EHF CL Round 7 Barcelona held THW Kiel in crisis

Group CChehkovski Medvedi: Valladolid 29:27 (15:11)Pick Szeged : Dinamo Minsk 37:34 (20:18)Kadetten : AaB Handball 34:31 (17:19)1. Čehovski medvedi 7-112. Valladolid 7-103. Pick Szeged 7-84. Kadetten Schaffhausen 6-55. AaB Handbold 7-46. Dinamo Minsk 6-2 Group DConstanta : Flensburg 29:32 (12:17)Zagreb : Bosna Sarajevo 34:15 (16:8)Ciudad Real – St. Petersburg1. Ciudad Real* 6 – 112. Croatia os. Zagreb 7 – 103. Flensburg-Handewitt 7 – 104. Sankt Peterburg 6 – 45. Constanta 7 – 46. Bosna Sarajevo 7 – 1 ← Previous Story World Handball Players of 2010 voting – Bojana Popović finally among the best Next Story → Goran Stojanović a new “Mauer” of Rhein Neckar Lowen Round 7 of Men’s EHF Champions League brought a derby match between F.C Barcelona and THW Kiel in which German team deserved second defeat in a row.FC Barcelona-Borges – THW Kiel 32:29 (13:15)First defeat for Kiel, as Barcelona secure the third place in this close group two points below THW and Rhein Neckar Löwen. Thanks to their more alternatives the Spaniards could keep the speed high and dominated the second part of the second half clearly.Kiel had to replace too many players to stand the powerful and fast match play of Barcelona – the Catalans are back on track after the draw against Celje and the defeat in Chambery.Even as goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer saved 19 shots it was obvious in the second half that Kiel lacked power. Barcelona decided the game after minute 45. Kiel led 23:22, before the host went away to 28:25 and kept this three goals distance until the end.Suprisingly the best THW scorer was young Tobias Reichmann with seven goals, Filip Jicha was blocked by the movable and fast Barca defence with a great Cedric Sorhaindo. Best Barca scorer was Laszlo Nagy with six goals.Kiel was stronger in the beginning, but after the 14:11 for the Germans the host reduced the gap and equalized at the score of 19:19 for the first time.In other matches of group “A”, RNL beat Celje 33:32 and Vive Targi Kielce – Chambery 31:25.1. Kiel 7 – 102. Rhein Neckar Löwen 7-103. Barcelona 7-84. Chambery 7-65. Kielce 7-46. Celje PL 7-4 Group Bsobota:Kolding : Tatran Prešov 28:27 (14:11)Hamburg : Veszprem 27:26 (13:11)Sävehof – Montpellier1. Veszprem* 7-122. Hamburg 7-93. Montpellier 6-84. Kolding 7-85. Sävehof 6-26. Tatran Prešov 7-1 read more