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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

WEDNESDAY, 29 JULY 2015

*Please note that there was no noon briefing today

 

PRICE OF CONTINUING SYRIAN WAR IS SIMPLY TOO HIGH, SECRETARY-GENERAL TELLS SECURITY COUNCIL

  • The Secretary-General spoke to the media today on the situations in Syria and Yemen, following his briefing to the Security Council.
  • He warned that the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate in all respects and urged the international community to keep pressing for a political solution.
  • The Secretary-General said that the price of continuing the Syrian war is simply too high, adding that in the name of humanity, there is no alternative to the negotiating table.
  • Together with his Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General presented to the Council a proposal to launch a step-by-step process to operationalize the Geneva Communiqué.
  • Turning to Yemen, he called on all parties to cease all military activities, allow unconditional humanitarian access to people in need, and resolve all differences through peaceful negotiations.

U.N. HUMANITARIAN CHIEF SAYS PAUSE IN YEMEN IS NOT BEING RESPECTED BY ANY PARTY

  • The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, in a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday afternoon, said that the humanitarian pause announced over the weekend in Yemen has not been respected by any party to the conflict, with airstrikes and ground fighting reported in eight governorates.
  • He added that parties to the conflict continue to fail to meet their responsibilities under International Humanitarian and International Human Rights Laws.
  • Mr. O’Brien said that the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate rapidly. With 80 per cent of the population of about 26 million people in need of some kind of humanitarian assistance and more than 1,895 civilians killed by fighting since March, the impact of this conflict on civilians has been catastrophic, he added.
  • He said that, with ongoing violence making deliveries dangerous, and with key roads and bridges destroyed, humanitarian access is limited. However, humanitarian workers continue to deliver assistance to the people in need whenever and wherever possible, often at great risk to themselves.

SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS MANDATES OF CYPRUS, IRAQ MISSIONS

  • The Security Council, in a meeting on Wednesday morning, unanimously extended the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) by one year, until the end of July 2016.
  • It also extended the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) by six months, until the end of January 2016.
  • This afternoon, the Security Council will have an open meeting on Ukraine.