UN envoy demands release of former Colombian governor taken hostage

Calling the attack a “breach” of international humanitarian law, Jan Egeland, the Special Adviser on Colombia to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said the abduction of Alan Jara, the former Governor of the Department of Meta, also contravened the “inviolability” of the UN vehicle. “These abuses jeopardize the impartial social and humanitarian mission of the United Nations,” he said. Mr. Egeland released his statement Thursday evening in Bogotá in response to one issued earlier in the day by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Mr. Jara was taken at gunpoint from a clearly identified UN vehicle in which he and other guests invited by the UN were riding together as officials involved in an important local development project, Mr. Egeland said.”The FARC should immediately release Mr. Jara, take urgent measures to protect civilians, and to ensure that the UN and diplomatic missions can carry out their work unhindered,” Mr. Egeland stressed.The Special Adviser also expressed his desire to reach a speedy resolution to the incident, saying that he remained committed to continuing discussions with the FARC Secretariat to resolve the matter.On a related issue, Mr. Egeland deplored the recent kidnapping of three German aid workers and attacks against personnel working on European Union development projects in the Magdalena Medio region. “Those kidnapped should be release immediately and guarantees should be extended to humanitarian aid development workers so that they may continue providing vital assistance to Colombia,” he said. read more

Wholesale sales up 07 per cent in November StatsCan

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 21, 2013 8:50 am MDT Wholesale sales up 0.7 per cent in November: StatsCan OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales rose 0.7 per cent in November to $49.6 billion, largely as a result of higher sales in the computer and communications equipment and supplies industry.The agency says sales were up 0.5 per cent in volume terms.Five of seven subsectors, accounting for about two-thirds of wholesale sales, reported increases in November.The largest advance in dollar terms was in the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector, which grew by 1.8 per cent on higher sales in the computer and communications equipment and supplies industry.The motor vehicle and parts subsector recorded its second consecutive increase, with sales up 1.5 per cent.Sales rose in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta in November, with Ontario wholesalers reporting a 2.1 per cent increase, largest gain since July 2011. read more