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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

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

THURSDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2011

LIBYA: SECURITY COUNCIL ADOPTS RESOLUTION ENDING NO-FLY ZONE

  • The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution this morning which ended specific measures on the no-fly zone and protection of civilians in Libya, as of one minute before midnight on the last day of October. The Council also welcomed the positive developments in Libya and strongly urged the Libyan authorities to take all steps necessary to prevent reprisals, wrongful imprisonment and extrajudicial executions.

  • Council members then held closed consultations to hear an update on Lebanon from Terje Roed-Larsen, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on the Implementation of Resolution 1559. He discussed the Secretary-General’s latest report on that resolution.

  • In the report, the Secretary-General details a number of security incidents involving the use of weapons and explosives, which are indicative of growing security threats. The Secretary-General appeals once again to all parties and States to immediately halt all efforts to transfer and acquire weapons and build paramilitary capacities outside the authority of the State.

  • The Security Council also adopted its annual report to the General Assembly.

  • Asked about the composition of the 1559 report, the Spokesperson noted that the report was written by a number of people drawing from information gained from a number of sources.

MIDDLE EAST PARTIES READY TO ENGAGE WITH QUARTET

  • The Quartet Envoys and the Quartet Representative Tony Blair met separately with the Parties in Jerusalem yesterday to begin implementation of the Quartet statement of 23 September.

  • Both Parties expressed their readiness to engage with the Quartet, on the basis of its statement of 23 September, to overcome the current obstacles and resume direct bilateral negotiations without delay or preconditions.

  • The Parties agreed with the Quartet to come forward with comprehensive proposals on territory and security within three months in the context of the shared commitment to the objective of direct negotiations leading toward an agreement by the end of 2012.

  • The Envoys reiterated the Quartet call, in that statement from 23 September, upon the parties to refrain from provocative actions if negotiations are to be effective.

  • Quartet Envoys agreed with the parties to meet regularly for the next 90 days to review progress.

U.N. ASSISTING POST-EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS IN TURKEY

  • The Government of Turkey reports that hundreds of people have died in the recent earthquake, and that more than two thousand buildings have been damaged.

  • The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is providing shelter assistance by sending 400 winterized family tents.

  • The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has donated tents, blankets and bed mats. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has also contributed tents.

  • The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says there are concerns about freezing night-time temperatures and access to safe water and sanitation.

CAMBODIA: U.N. RELEASES FUNDS FOR FLOOD RELIEF

  • On Cambodia, the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) has allocated $4 million this week for people affected by the floods in Cambodia.

  • The Resident Coordinator says that the funds would be used to provide food assistance; shelter; water, sanitation and hygiene; and education support to affected communities.

  • This is the first time Cambodia has received such funds.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

ASSISTANCE BEING DELIVERED TO NEEDY IN NORTHERN MYANMAR: Regarding assistance to vulnerable people in northern Myanmar, United Nations staff on the ground say that assistance is being delivered in reachable areas. Meanwhile, discussions continue to ensure that assistance reaches all those in need.

SECRETARY-GENERAL SEEKS POST-KYOTO PROTOCOL CLARITY: Asked about the forthcoming climate change meeting in Durban, the Spokesperson said that it would be important to follow up on issues like re-forestation and climate change financing after earlier agreements had been reached in Cancun. Also, he said, the Secretary-General believes there needs to be clarity at the Durban meeting about what should follow the Kyoto Protocol.

U.N. NOTES U.S. INVESTIGATIONS ON DEMONSTRATIONS: Asked about demonstrations in the United States, the Spokesperson said that it is regrettable when anyone is hurt in demonstrations, and he noted that an initial investigation has begun into an incident in Oakland, California.

***The guests at the Noon Briefing were Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women.  They briefed reporters on a new report entitled “The Social Protection Floor Initiative.”

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