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SPOKESPERSON’S DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

BY MARTIN NESIRKY, SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

WEDNESDAY, 4 JANUARY 2012

U.N. RELIEF CHIEF VISITS SUDAN

  • The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, was in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Wednesday. She met with the Sudanese Minister for Social Welfare, Mrs. Amira Al Fadil, and they discussed with her the situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

  • In a statement to the press, Ms. Amos said that the Government and her Office had agreed to share information and data on the humanitarian situation in the two states. She said a mechanism would be established to ensure continuous dialogue between the Government and the United Nations to resolve any misunderstanding or differences with respect to the data and information on the situation.

  • Ms. Amos also said that the Government of Sudan recognized the need to ensure that the UN's capacity is made up of a mix of national and international staff to ensure the appropriate skill sets.

  • She noted that she would continue to discuss ways to reach people in areas held by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). She also said that the Government and the UN shared the view that a long term political solution which delivers peace to the people of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states was needed.

IRAQ: U.N. ENVOY DISCUSSES POLITICAL TENSIONS WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS

  • The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler, met with President, Jalal Talabani, in the Iraqi Kurdistan region on Wednesday.

  • In his meetings with the President and other senior officials, Mr. Kobler discussed the latest political developments in Iraq, including the recent political tensions.

  • He also urged Iraqi political parties and leaders to work together in the spirit of partnership towards finding a common ground to resolve their differences.

GREEK CYPRIOT, TURKISH CYPRIOT LEADERS MEET

  • The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities on Wednesday discussed their upcoming meeting with the Secretary-General from the 22nd to the 24th of this month at the Greentree Estate in Long Island.

  • The leaders will meet again on Monday, 9 January.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

SECRETARY-GENERAL URGES DEFUSING OF TENSIONS IN PERSIAN GULF: Asked about the situation in the Persian Gulf, the Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General is closely following the developments. He said the Secretary-General hopes that the concerned parties will do their best to defuse the tension in the region. The Secretary-General strongly believes that the issues surrounding the Iranian nuclear program need to be addressed by peaceful, diplomatic means.

PROMISES MADE ON BAHRAIN MUST BE ADHERED TO: Asked about the situation in Bahrain, the Spokesperson noted that some steps have been taken in the right direction and that commitments and promises must be adhered to.

COUNTRIES MUST ASSESS USE OF DRONES UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW: Asked about the use of drones by some Member States, the Spokesperson said countries should assess their use under applicable international humanitarian and human rights laws.

WORK OF LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES MISSION SHOULD BE UNHINDERED: Asked about the situation in Syria, the Spokesperson noted that the League of Arab States mission should be allowed to do its work unhindered and in an impartial manner, with the full cooperation of the Syrian authorities. The Secretary-General believes the international community should speak with one voice on Syria, but that it is up to the Security Council to decide on what action it takes or does not take on any given matter.

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