SPOKESPERSON’S DAILY HIGHLIGHTS
BY MARTIN NESIRKY, SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
WEDNESDAY, 18 JANUARY 2012
SECRETARY-GENERAL TO HIGHLIGHT PRINCIPLE OF RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT
- This afternoon, the Secretary-General will speak to the Stanley Foundation on Responsibility to Protect.
- He is expected to say that this fundamental principle of Responsibility to Protect is here to stay.
- He’s likely to say that in 2011, history took a turn for the better. Responsibility to Protect came of age; the principle was tested as never before.
- The results were uneven but, at the end of the day, tens of thousands of lives were saved.
- He will note that we also learned lessons about our own limitations and that the nature of the Responsibility to Protect can be a minefield of nuance, political calculation and competing national interests.
- He is expected to call on the international community to not let the pendulum swing back to the past.
HUMANITARIAN CHIEF BRIEFS SECURITY COUNCIL ON MIDDLE EAST
- This morning the Security Council met in closed consultations to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question.
- The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, briefed the Council on the humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
HELICOPTERS SHOULD BE REDEPLOYED TO U.N. MISSION IN SOUTH SUDAN IN NEXT FEW DAYS
- In response to a question from yesterday about the re-deployment of helicopters from the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the Spokesperson said that, according to the Department for Peacekeeping Operations, 2 military helicopters from the Mission in the DRC should arrive in the next few days. Negotiations are still underway regarding the use of helicopters from the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei.
COTE D’IVOIRE: DEPUTY EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR SAYS ASSISTANCE TO MOST VULNERABLE STILL A PRIORITY
- The Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Catherine Bragg, today concluded her three-day visit to Côte d’Ivoire. She reiterated her appeal to donors to ensure continuity of funding throughout 2012.
- She said that assistance to the most vulnerable persons remains an absolute priority, especially in the country’s Western and South-Western regions.
- To support and kick-start this vital humanitarian response for 2012, the Central Emergency Relief Fund has just allocated USD 8 million for life-saving projects in Côte d’Ivoire.
- Ms. Bragg reaffirmed the humanitarian community’s determination to pursue its commitment to the Ivorian population during discussions with President Allassane Ouattara, and the Prime Minister, Mr. Guillaume Soro, among other officials.
SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS DAVID SCHEFFER OF THE U.S. AS SPECIAL ADVISER TO KHMER ROUGE TRIALS
- The Secretary-General has designated Mr. David Scheffer of the United States as the Special Expert to advise on the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials. The designation is for an initial period of six months. Mr. Scheffer replaces Mr. Clint Williamson, whose term of office expired on 30 September 2011.
SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS JOHN HOCKING OF AUSTRALIA AS REGISTRAR OF RESIDUAL MECHANISM FOR CRIMINAL TRIBUNALS
- The Secretary-General has appointed Mr. John Hocking of Australia as the Registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. The Residual Mechanism was established by Security Council resolution 1966 (2010) to carry out a number of essential functions of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda after the closure of the Tribunals. It will have two branches, in Arusha and in The Hague, which will commence functioning on 1 July 2012 and 1 July 2013, respectively.
USE OF DRONES IS COMPLEX SUBJECT: Asked about the use of drones in modern warfare, the Spokesperson said this is a complex subject, and that the Secretary-General had addressed this topic at his December press conference. The Spokesperson said he had also provided some follow-up to that at a recent noon briefing.
SECRETARY-GENERAL HOPES ISRAELIS, PALESTINIANS BUILD ON LAST QUARTET STATEMENT: Asked about recent talks between the Israelis and Palestinians in Jordan, the Spokesperson noted that the Jordanian Foreign Minister has been designated to speak by both sides. The Secretary-General has said that he sees these meetings as an important conduit building on the Quartet statement of last September.
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