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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

 

 

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

WEDNESDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2010

 

 

CÔTE D’IVOIRE: SECRETARY-GENERAL URGES RESULTS OF SECOND ROUND OF PRESIDENTIAL POLLS TO BE ANNOUNCED WITHOUT DELAY

  • The Secretary-General has taken note of the preliminary findings by the international observer missions that the second round of the Ivorian presidential election on 28 November was conducted in an overall satisfactory and credible manner. The Secretary-General also recalls that his Special Representative has found the elections to have been conducted in a democratic climate, despite some regrettable incidents, some of which were violent, in different parts of the country.
     

  • The Secretary-General urges the Independent Electoral Commission to announce the provisional results of the second round of the presidential election without delay, today, 1 December 2010. He calls upon all stakeholders to allow the Independent Electoral Commission to complete its work without interference in order to ensure the integrity of the results of the election. The Secretary-General emphasizes that any disruption in the electoral process would not be in the interest of the people of Côte d’Ivoire or the future stability of the country.
     

  • 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 as expressed in the election will be respected. The United Nations will continue provide its full support to the completion of the electoral operations and to the Ivorian peace process as a whole.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL HIGHLIGHTS U.N.-O.S.C.E. COOPERATION AT KAZAKHSTAN SUMMIT

  • The Secretary-General is flying back from Kazakhstan today, after he participated this morning in the first Summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in more than a decade.
     

  • He told the leaders gathered for the summit that the events in Kyrgyzstan this year showed what the United Nations and the OSCE can do together, as they joined forces with other regional groups to provide timely and coherent support to the people of Kyrgyzstan at a critical moment. In Afghanistan, the Secretary-General said, we face another test. We will need to collaborate closely to ensure that the transition process is sustainable and irreversible. This will mean making a long-term commitment to capacity- and institution-building.
     

  • Asked about the Secretary-General’s bilateral meetings today, the Spokesperson confirmed that he had met, among other people, with the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea and the US Secretary of State.

 

U.N. ENVOY WELCOMES COMPLETION OF AFGHAN ELECTION RESULT CERTIFICATION

  • The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, has strongly welcomed today’s announcement by Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) of the completion of the final certification of the results of the 18 September Wolesi Jirga elections.
     

  • He said he looked forward to the prompt inauguration of the Wolesi Jirga as an important further step in Afghanistan’s strengthening of its democratic governance.

 

U.N. MISSION LAUNCHES OPERATION AGAINST REBEL GROUPS

  • The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has launched Operation “Rudia Umbrella” ahead of the end-of-year holiday season, which it says has in the past been a period of increased activities by illegal armed groups.
     

  • The latest military effort will see a preventive deployment of peacekeepers across some sensitive areas, an increased number of patrols and a stronger deterrent posture against groups such as the Lord's Resistance Army.
     

  • The Mission, meanwhile, says that an earlier UN effort, Operation Protective Shield, concluded successfully on Tuesday in South Kivu. A small number of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) elements surrendered to the peacekeepers and some weapons were recovered, the Mission says.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL URGES RENEWED EFFORTS HALT HIV INFECTIONS ON WORLD AIDS DAY

  • Three decades into the AIDS crisis, the world must step up its efforts to achieve the “three zeroes” – zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, the Secretary-General says in his message for World AIDS Day.
     

  • While AIDS has caused untold suffering and death in the past 30 years, the global community has united through the years to take action and save lives. These efforts are making a real difference around the world, he stresses.
     

  • Our common goal, the Secretary-General says, is clear: universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.  We must also work to make the AIDS response sustainable.
     

  • For his part, Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), notes that the number of new HIV infections and deaths have dropped by nearly 20 per cent. But our successes have not come without sacrifice, he points out, with some 30 million people having lost their lives to AIDS and some 10 million waiting for treatment.

 

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

U.S. TAKES OVER SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENCY FOR DECEMBER: The United States has replaced the United Kingdom as the Security Council President for the month of December.  Ambassador Susan Rice of the United States will brief journalists Thursday on the Council’s programme of work for the coming month.

 

U.N. MISSION TRYING TO MAINTAIN ORDER IN HAITI: Asked about incidents in Haiti, the Spokesperson said that the UN Mission there was trying to maintain order but added that there have been some disruptions following the elections. He noted the Secretary-General’s recent statement calling for calm.

 

JOINT U.N.-AFRICAN UNION MISSION LOOKING INTO DEADLY INCIDENT AT DARFUR DEMONSTRATION: At least one person was killed and several wounded today in Zalingei, West Darfur, when gunfire broke out during a demonstration. The incident took place at Zalingei University on the final leg of a four-day visit to Darfur by the Doha peace negotiation team. The joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) is trying to obtain further information.

 

*** The guest at the noon briefing today was Mike Smith, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).

 

  

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