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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

 

 

BY FARHAN HAQ, ACTING DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

MONDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2010

 

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES HOLDING OF SECOND ROUND OF IVORIAN ELECTIONS

  • The Secretary-General welcomes the holding of the second round of the presidential election in Côte d'Ivoire, despite some violent incidents in various areas of the country. He notes that, by exercising their right to vote for the second time in one month, the Ivorian people demonstrated again their desire for lasting peace and stability in their country.
     

  • The Secretary-General calls on the Ivorian parties and candidates to refrain from announcing the results in advance of the Independent Electoral Commission. He urges candidates and parties to abide by the law in the resolution of any disputes related to the electoral process. He calls on them to play their part in maintaining a calm environment and to accept the proclaimed and certified results in a spirit of peace and reconciliation.
     

  • The Secretary-General stresses that any disruption in the electoral process would not be in the interest of the people of Côte d'Ivoire, who have waited many years to reach a successful conclusion to the crisis, of which these elections are a critical step.
     

  • The Special Representative of the Secretary-General will continue, in the context of his certification mandate, all his efforts to safeguard the electoral process so that the will of the Ivorian people will be respected. The United Nations will provide its full support to the completion of the electoral operations and to the Ivorian peace process as a whole.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL CONCERNED BY INCIDENTS DURING HAITIAN ELECTIONS, CALLS FOR CALM

  • The Secretary-General is concerned following the incidents that marked the first round of the presidential and legislative elections in Haiti on Sunday, 28 November.
     

  • The Secretary-General looks forward to a solution to the political crisis in the country and calls on the Haitian people and all political actors to remain calm, since any deterioration in the security situation will have an immediate impact on the efforts to contain the ongoing cholera epidemic.

 

U.N. RELIES ON MEMBER STATES TO ADHERE TO CONVENTIONS ON IMMUNITIES AND PRIVILEGES

  • In response to questions about documents disclosed by WikiLeaks, the Spokesperson said that the United Nations is not in a position to comment on the authenticity of the document purporting to request information-gathering activities on UN officials and activities.
     

  • Haq said that the United Nations is by its very nature a transparent organization that makes a great deal of information about its activities available to the public and Member States. UN officials regularly meet representatives of Member States to brief them on UN activities.
     

  • He added that the UN Charter, the Headquarters Agreement and the 1946 Convention contain provisions relating to the privileges and immunities of the Organization. The UN relies on the adherence by Member States to these various undertakings.
     

  • In response to further questions, the Spokesperson noted that the 1946 Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations says, "The premises of the United Nations shall be inviolable.  The property and assets of the United Nations, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search, requisition, confiscation, expropriation and any other form of interference, whether by executive, administrative, judicial, or legislative action."
     

  • Asked about follow-up, he said that the United Nations would try to obtain more information and respond as appropriate.
     

  • Asked whether the Secretary-General had been informed by the US Government in advance of the publishing of the documents, the Spokesperson said that he had received prior information from US Ambassador Susan Rice.

 

U.N. MISSION IN SUDAN INFORMED ABOUT DISPLACEMENTS FOLLOWING REPORTED AERIAL BOMBING IN SUDAN

  • Asked about reports of fighting in Sudan, the Spokesperson said that, on 24 November, local authorities in Northern Bahr El-Ghazal State stated that the Sudanese Armed Forces had conducted aerial bombing along the border near Kiir River.
     

  • The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) dispatched a patrol to the area on 25 November and was informed that approximately 1,500 persons were displaced by the bombing.  The incident was reported to the Area Joint Monitoring Committee on 26 November and the matter is being further referred to a higher-level authority, the Cease-fire Joint Monitoring Committee.
     

  • UNMIS is continuing its patrols to assess the situation on the ground, while calling on the parties to exercise restraint.

 

SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS MANDATE OF GROUP OF EXPERTS ON D.R. CONGO

  • This morning, the Security Council extended the mandate of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo until 30 November 2011. The final report of the Group of Experts should be available online as a document today.
     

  • The Security Council also held consultations on its 1718 Committee on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and its 751/1907 Committee on Somalia/Eritrea.

 

SPECIAL ADVISER VISITS MYANMAR, MEETS DAW AUNG SAN SUU KYI

  • Chef de Cabinet Vijay Nambiar visited Myanmar over the weekend, in his capacity as Special Adviser to the Secretary-General.  He met with a number of officials and representatives of the major parties, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
     

  • He said he had listened to as many parties as possible about their hopes, expectations and concerns at this critical juncture for the country’s future direction. In this process, strong concerns were expressed by many parties about the process and outcome of the recent elections, which he urged the Government and the Union Election Commission to address as transparently as possible.
     

  • Nambiar also encouraged the Government to build on recent developments towards national dialogue for reconciliation and democratization in the post-election process.  He said that, in order to succeed, any political transition should be broad-based and inclusive, and involve not only those who participated and won seats in the election, but also those who did not or could not.  In this connection, he called for the release of the political prisoners.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS NEXT YEAR WILL BE CRITICAL FOR ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE

  • In his message for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the Secretary-General says that two timelines in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process will reach a critical point in 2011.
     

  • The first, he says, is the pledge by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek a framework agreement on permanent status by September. The other concerns the Palestinian Authority’s expected readiness for statehood by August, according to the message, which was delivered by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro.
     

  • Few Palestinians and Israelis are hopeful that peace can be achieved soon, the Secretary-General says.
     

  • He challenges the two leaders to show statesmanship and political courage in reaching a historic peace, stressing that the international community must be ready to assume its own responsibilities for peace.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE OPENS IN MEXICO

  • The United Nations Climate Change Conference opened today in Cancún, Mexico. The conference started with a welcome ceremony, attended by the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon.
     

  • The opening ceremony of the High-level Segment of the conference will be held on Tuesday, 7 December, and the Conference will run until 10 December 2010.

 

NEW GLASS PANELS BEING INSTALLED AT U.N. HEADQUARTERS

  • In the course of the renovation of its Headquarters under the Capital Master Plan, the United Nations is starting today with the installation of the first new glass panels of the Secretariat Building curtain wall.  The 60-year-old single-pane glass panels are being replaced with state-of-the-art double-glazed panels. The work is scheduled for completion in 2012.
     

  • After the renovation, the energy consumption of the Headquarters complex will be at least 50% lower, as compared to existing conditions. Greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by at least 45%.

 

 

  

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