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SPOKESPERSON’S DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

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

THURSDAY, 5 JANUARY 2012

U.N. ENVOY SPEAKS OUT AGAINST BOMB ATTACKS IN IRAQ

  • The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq strongly condemned the recent bombings in different parts of the country which have reportedly resulted in many deaths and injuries.

  • Martin Kobler urges all Iraqis to remain steadfast in the face of those who are using violence in its worst forms to prevent the country and its people from succeeding as a democratic, stable, secure and prosperous nation.

LIBYA: SENIOR U.N. OFFICIAL CONCLUDES VISIT TO MAJOR CITIES

  • The Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative to Libya has wrapped up a two-day visit to Bani Walid, Sirte and Misrata.

  • Georg Charpentier met with local and military councils, as well as representatives of the local population on Tuesday and Wednesday. He also viewed houses and public facilities destroyed during the recent conflict.

  • He noted the impressive rate of return to these cities and reiterated his admiration for the strong resilience among the population and councils to face the humanitarian challenges.

U.N. MISSION SUPPORTS ANY EFFORT TOWARDS AFGHAN-LED PEACE PROCESS

  • On reports of the establishment of a Taliban office in Qatar, the Spokesperson said that the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has noted with interest reports of statements attributable to the Taliban of the possible setting up of an office in Qatar. The Mission has also noted the in statements by the Afghan Government on this development.

  • The end to the current conflict in the country cannot be but through political means, and UNAMA would support any initiative, that is agreeable with Afghan counterparts, that can help move towards an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. 

            OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

SECRETARY-GENERAL, QATARI PRIME MINISTER DISCUSS HOW U.N. CAN SUPPORT SYRIA MISSION: Asked about UN support to the Observer Mission of the League of Arab States in Syria, the Spokesperson noted that the Secretary-General met with the Prime Minister of Qatar yesterday and discussed practical measures by which the United Nations could assist the Mission. He added that such support, which was still under discussion, would take place under the auspices of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and would consist of training observers from the League of Arab States.

DIALOGUE KEY TO DEFUSING TENSIONS ON STRAIT OF HORMUZ – SECRETARY-GENERAL: Asked about the tensions between the United States and Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, Nesirky said that the Secretary-General had stressed the need to defuse the tension in the region through dialogue. He also noted that the Secretary-General had noted that the onus was on Iran to prove the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme.

SECURITY COUNCIL BRIEFED BY U.N. PEACEKEEPING CHIEF ON SOUTH SUDAN: On Thursday morning, the Security Council held closed consultations on South Sudan. They were briefed by the Under-Secretary-General for Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Herve Ladsous.

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