HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WORK OF THE U.N. SYSTEM
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
Monday, 24 December 2012
[There are no noon briefings provided by the Office of the Spokesperson during the final week of the year. Attached below are recent developments in the UN system.]
JOINT SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR SYRIA MEETS WITH PRESIDENT ASSAD IN DAMASCUS
- The Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, met on Monday in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
- In remarks to the press afterward, Mr. Brahimi said that he and the President had exchanged views regarding the steps to be taken in the future. Mr. Brahimi said he has told the President about the steps that in his view need to be taken to help the Syrian people find a way out of their crisis.??
- The Joint Special Representative said that the situation is Syria is still worrying. He hoped that all parties would adopt a solution that would meet the aspirations of the Syrian people.
SECRETARY-GENERAL CONDEMNS TERRORIST ATTACK IN PAKISTAN
- The Secretary-General strongly condemned the terrorist suicide bombing on Saturday that killed Mr Bashir Bilour, a prominent Pakistani politician and Senior Minister in the Government of Khyber-Pakhtunwa Province, as well as 9 other people and wounded 17 more.
- The Secretary-General reiterates the strong support of the United Nations for the efforts of the Government and people of Pakistan to combat the scourge of terrorism. He conveys his sincere condolences on this tragic loss.
MEMORIAL SERVICE HELD IN SOUTH SUDAN FOR FALLEN HELICOPTER CREW
- The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, today held a memorial ceremony at its Juba headquarters for the four helicopter crew members who were killed when their helicopter crashed in Jonglei on 21 December.
- A minute of silence was observed to honor the fallen airmen, and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan, Hilde Johnson, read out the names of the victims: Pilot in Command Ilin Sergei, Co-Pilot Abrakov Alfir, Flight Engineer Egorov Sergei and Flight Attendant Shpanov Nikolai.