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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

 

 

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

THURSDAY, 2 DECEMBER 2010

 

 

CÔTE D’IVOIRE: PRESIDENTIAL RUN-OFF RESULTS ANNOUNCED; SECRETARY-GENERAL CALLS FOR ALL TO SHOW RESPONSIBILITY

  • Results for the run-off presidential election that was held on 28 November in Cote d’Ivoire have been announced.
     

  • In a statement issued last night, the Secretary-General had requested all the Ivorian stakeholders and institutions to demonstrate responsibility and to refrain from any initiative until the announcement of the provisional results by the Independent Electoral Commission.
     

  • The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, also issued a statement last night cautioning the two presidential candidates that they will be held accountable for acts of violence committed by their supporters.
     

  • Ms. Pillay said, given the tense situation, it was imperative that the two candidates and their supporters “refrain from statements that incite violence, and from any course of action designed to deprive the people of Côte d’Ivoire of their right to democracy.”
     

  • Asked about fears about violence in the country, the Spokesperson said that ONUCI was working to maintain peace and was looking into reports of violence. He said that the Secretary-General had met today with senior UN officials to discuss any further steps.
     

  • Asked about threats to the head of the Independent Election Commission, Haq said that ONUCI peacekeepers were providing security to him.

 

SECURITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES CÔTE D’IVOIRE, WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT OF PROVISIONAL RESULTS

  • The Security Council this morning discussed Côte d’Ivoire, in its closed consultations, and received an update on the situation on the ground from the head of the UN Mission there. Choi Young-jin, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the country, briefed Council members by videoconference.
     

  • In a press statement issued afterward, the members of the Security Council welcomed the announcement of the provisional results of the presidential run-off elections by the Independent Electoral Commission, which is a crucial step for ensuring the validity and integrity of the electoral process and thereby an important element in the process of certification of the final results by the Special Representative.
     

  • Earlier, the Security Council adopted its programme of work for December.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL REGRETS LOSS OF LIFE IN WEST DARFUR CLASH

  • On Wednesday, during a visit to Zalingei, West Darfur, by the Joint Chief Mediator Djibril Bassolé and Qatar's State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, protestors clashed with Government security forces at the University of Zalingei resulting in at least one death and several wounded.
     

  • The Secretary-General deeply regrets the loss of life and calls for a full investigation to ascertain the facts pertaining to the incident.
     

  • The Secretary-General would like to emphasise that the parties to the conflict and all Darfurians must be able to express their views freely and openly in Darfur.
     

  • The Secretary-General calls on the Government and all armed movements to fully engage in the Doha negotiations and to demonstrate their willingness to make real compromises in order to address the concerns of the Darfur population who have waited too long for peace.

 

U.N. HUMANITARIAN CHIEF ON RETURN VISIT TO PAKISTAN

  • Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, arrived today on a return visit to Pakistan, four months after one of the worst floods in history struck that country.
     

  • The primary purpose of her return mission is to emphasize a continued unified commitment to the people of Pakistan during this extraordinary emergency. She will travel to Sind and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
     

  • She is scheduled to meet with the Prime Minister and other senior officials, and she will also meet with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations.

 

AMANO: IRAN MUST COOPERATE WITH U.N. NUCLEAR WATCHDOG TO CONFIRM PEACEFUL INTENT OF NUCLEAR MATERIAL

  • Iran has not provided the cooperation needed to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to confirm that all nuclear material in the country is for peaceful activities, according to the agency’s Director General, Yukiya Amano.
     

  • The IAEA needs Iran’s cooperation in clarifying outstanding issues giving rise to concerns about possible military dimensions to its nuclear programme, he told the agency’s Board of Governors in Vienna.
     

  • In his latest report to the Board of Governors, Amano requests Iran to take steps towards the full implementation of its Safeguards Agreement and its other obligations, including implementing its Additional Protocol.

 

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

FRENCH, BARBADIAN OFFICIALS TO HEAD U.N. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BODY: The Secretary-General announced the appointments of Brice Lalonde of France and Elizabeth Thompson of Barbados as the Executive Coordinators for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). 

 

U.N. REPORT ON RURAL POVERTY TO BE ISSUED NEXT WEEK: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will release its Rural Poverty Report next week.  It will have updated estimates on poverty rates and trends in rural areas of developing countries. The report also includes first-hand accounts from rural people regarding the challenges and risks they face in their everyday lives.

 

  

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