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The President of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, welcomed delegations from France and Britain, with Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General

Statement by the French and British Groups of the IPU for the 130th anniversary

Gathered in Paris to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the first meeting of the IPU on 29 and 30 June 1889, the French and British Groups of the IPU reaffirm in the following statement their commitment to the IPU.
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IPU concerned about further deterioration of political crisis in Venezuela

The IPU is concerned about the arrest on 8 May of the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Edgar Zambrano. His arrest follows the decision of the Constituent Assembly to strip him of his parliamentary immunity as well as that of six other members of the National Assembly, and with the likelihood of three more to come.
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IPU Presidential Statement on the Golan Heights

The IPU stands for the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war. The IPU was founded 130 years ago on the values of peace and non-use of force in international relations. We condemn the recent US recognition of the
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The House of Parliaments in Geneva, Switzerland

IPU Presidential Statement on Parliamentary Diplomacy

The IPU was founded on the importance of parliamentary diplomacy and dialogue. Parliamentary diplomacy is an essential part of international cooperation, helping to building bridges between countries and peoples and seeking to contribute a parliamentary perspective to global governance as
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MP Jacques Ehouo, © AFP

IPU calls for respect of parliamentary immunity in Côte d’Ivoire

The IPU is concerned by the prosecution of Mr. Jacques Ehouo and the detention of Mr. Alain Lobognon, both MPs in the National Assembly of Côte d’Ivoire, and the violation of their parliamentary immunity enshrined in Articles 91 and 92
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Sri lanka parliament

IPU calls for integrity of Sri Lanka parliament to be respected

The IPU is increasingly concerned about the ongoing political crisis in Sri Lanka, triggered on 26 October by President Sirisena’s removal of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe followed by suspension of Parliament.
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Kofi Annan

The IPU mourns the death of Kofi Annan

It is with great sadness that we learn that former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has passed away. He was one of the world’s great true leaders and an extraordinary diplomat who made an invaluable contribution to world peace, as demonstrated
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Theo-Ben Gurirab

IPU regrets the passing of former IPU President Theo-Ben Gurirab

The IPU is saddened by the death of Theo-Ben Gurirab in Windhoek last Saturday. Dr. Gurirab was IPU President from 2008 to 2011. He was a world leader who brought great distinction and wisdom to the position. Dr. Gurirab was a prominent politician in Namibia and one of the architects of the country’s independence. As SWAPO’s representative to the United Nations, he was one of the team negotiating for independence. He held several posts in the young country’s government: Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1990 to 2002, Prime Minister from 2002 to 2005, and Speaker of the National Assembly from 2005 to 2015. He also presided over the 54th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
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