HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY MARTIN NESIRKY
SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
THURSDAY, 4 OCTOBER 2012
SECRETARY-GENERAL ALARMED BY ESCALATING TENSIONS ALONG SYRIAN-TURKISH BORDER
- In a statement issued on Thursday, the Secretary-General is alarmed by escalating tensions along the Syrian-Turkish border.
- The Secretary-General has repeatedly made clear his concern about the spillover of the Syrian crisis into neighbouring countries, as occurred yesterday with Turkey.
- As the situation inside Syria deteriorates yet further - including the atrocious terrorist bombings in Aleppo this week which killed dozens of people including civilians - the risks of regional conflict and the threat to international peace and security are also increasing.
- The Joint Special Representative for Syria of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, has been in communication with officials from Turkey and Syria in order to encourage an easing of tensions.
- The Secretary-General calls on all concerned to abandon the use of violence, exercise maximum restraint and exert all efforts to move toward a political solution.
- Asked whether Lakhdar Brahimi had mediated between Syria and Turkey to obtain an apology from Syria, the Spokesperson reiterated that Mr. Brahimi has been in communication with officials from Turkey and Syria in order to encourage an easing of tensions.
SECURITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES SITUATION IN SUDAN AND SOUTH SUDAN AND IN MALI
- On Thursday morning, the Security Council met in closed consultations to discuss the situation in Sudan and South Sudan. In the afternoon the Council was due to meet in closed consultation to discuss the situation in Mali.
SECRETARY-GENERAL CONGRATULATES MOZAMBIQUE AS IT MARKS 20 YEARS OF PEACE
- In a statement issued on Thursday, the Secretary-General warmly congratulated the Government and people of Mozambique, as they marked 20 years of peace.
- He reiterated the United Nations' commitment to continue working with Mozambique as it consolidates democracy and strives to achieve social inclusion, women's empowerment and sustainable development.
- He recalled the role played by the now-concluded United Nations Operation in Mozambique (ONUMOZ), which helped to implement the 1992 General Peace Agreement and lay the foundation for a durable peace.
SECRETARY-GENERAL TO VISIT FRANCE
- The Secretary-General will depart New York this weekend for Strasbourg, in France.
- On Monday, 8 October, he will attend the opening session of the World Forum for Democracy, hosted by the Council of Europe.
- Then, he will go to Paris, where he will meet with President François Hollande, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
- The Secretary-General will return to New York on Tuesday, 9 October.
U.N. MISSION IN SOUTH SUDAN COMMITTED TO WORK WITH ALL PARTNERS TO BRING LASTING PEACE IN JONGLEI STATE
- Asked about human rights concerns in South Sudan’s Jonglei State, the Spokesperson said that the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has noted the concerns and recommendations documented by Amnesty International in its report.
- On various occasions, he said, UNMISS has expressed concerns over the recent increase in serious human rights violations allegedly committed by some undisciplined elements within the South Sudanese Army (SPLA) in Pibor County, and has called on all South Sudanese institutions and actors engaged in stabilizing Jonglei state to take immediate action to safeguard recent gains in the peace process, stem human rights violations in Pibor County and hold perpetrators to account.
- Nesirky said that UNMISS is committed to working with all partners, Government and international, to support the implementation of the resolutions agreed during the May 2012 All Jonglei Peace Conference in order to bring stability and lasting peace to Jonglei and South Sudan.
U.N. SAYS THAT 5 MILLION PEOPLE AFFECTED BY MONSOON FLOODS IN PAKISTAN
- The Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that nearly 5 million people have been affected by the monsoon floods in Pakistan.
- More than 300,000 people have been displaced and are living in camps. Over 400,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.
- OCHA says that humanitarian partners have distributed food, medicines and water to flood-affected families. Government authorities have also distributed food, tents, blankets, water and jerry cans, among other relief items.