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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

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TUESDAY, 28 DECEMBER 2010

 

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL, PEACEKEEPING OFFICIALS DISCUSS COTE D’IVOIRE CRISIS IN VIDEO CONFERENCE

 

·        The Secretary-General convened a video conference this morning with the leadership of the UN Mission in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy. They discussed the post-electoral political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire, a day after Mr. Le Roy arrived in Abidjan on an official working visit. Yesterday, Mr. Le Roy met with President-elect Alassane Dramane Ouattara and other stakeholders.

 

·        Mr. Le Roy later told a press conference that his request to meet with outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo was not acknowledged by Mr. Gbagbo’s office.

 

·        He also said that the first objective was to show support for the UN Mission at a time when it is working with limited resources to address the difficult political situation now facing the country. In addition, the Mission is confronted with a population and political leaders “who are partially hostile to its presence.” 

 

·        Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says that close to 20,000 Ivoirians have fled to eastern Liberia due to the political situation in their country.

 

 

U.N.-AFRICAN UNION MISSION DISTRIBUTING SUPPLIES TO THOUSANDS OF DISPLACED IN DARFUR

 

·        The UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reports that with restrictions lifted on all air and road movement to areas of recent fighting in North and South Darfur, UNAMID and aid agencies are providing food, water, and other necessary supplies to the thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltered outside the Mission’s team sites.

 

·        UNAMID escorted an eight-truck humanitarian convoy to Khor Abeche, in South Darfur, where 19 tons of food was delivered by air yesterday to over 10,000 IDPs around the Mission’s team site.

 

·        A convoy carrying fuel and food to the estimated 5,000 new IDPs in Shangil Tobaya, North Darfur departed from El Fasher this morning.

 

·        Similar missions to Shaeria, Jaghara and Negaha by UNAMID and humanitarian actors are planned for the coming days. UNAMID and aid agencies have begun a series of assessment missions to these locations to coordinate the distribution of relief items.

 

 

U.N. REFUGEE AGENCY CONCERNED RETURN OF MYANMAR NATIONALS BY THAILAND

 

·        The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has expressed its concern over the circumstances of the return over the weekend of some 166 Myanmar nationals – mostly women and children – who were seeking temporary protection in Thailand.

 

·        On 25 December, Thai authorities asked a group of people recently uprooted from Myanmar to return to their villages, where fighting erupted last month. The displaced told UNHCR that they were not ready to return due to security concerns.

 

·        The agency urges the Thai Government to adhere to the internationally-accepted principle of non-refoulement, which prohibits returns to a dangerous situation.

 

·        Although it strongly appreciates Thailand’s continued policy of allowing access to its territory to Myanmar nationals when fighting occurs, UNHCR appeals to the Government to ensure that returns take place on a strictly voluntary basis, and only when conditions are in place to return in safety and dignity.

 

 

LEBANESE LEADER VISITS HEADQUARTERS OF U.N. PEACEKEEPING MISSION

 

·        Lebanese President Michel Sleiman visited the headquarters of the UN Interim Force (UNIFIL) at Naqoura in southern Lebanon.

 

·        UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas welcomed Mr. Sleiman’s visit, saying that it demonstrates “Lebanon’s support and commitment” to Security Council resolution 1701 of 2006 and to the world body’s strategic partnership with the Lebanese Army.

 

·        “The achievements reached so far are testament to the excellent relations and cooperation that exist between the Lebanese Armed Forces and UNIFIL,” Major-General Asarta, who briefed Mr. Sleiman on the work of the peacekeepers, said.

 

 

 

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