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SPOKESPERSON’S DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

BY MARTIN NESIRKY, SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

THURSDAY, 29 DECEMBER 2011

The noon briefings will resume on 3 January 2011.

SECRETARY-GENERAL CONCERNED ABOUT TENSIONS IN SOUTH SUDAN

 

  • The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about tensions in South Sudan between Lou Nuer and Murle communities.  
  • The Secretary-General commends the Government's efforts to calm the situation and ensure that vulnerable civilians are protected.  

      

  • The Secretary-General calls on the leadership of both groups to cease violence and to work with the Government toward a long term solution to the root causes of the hostilities.

SRSG FOR IRAQ RAISES MORTAR ATTACKS WITH AUTHORITIES


  • The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Martin Kobler, has raised the reported mortar attacks on Ashraf camp with the Iraqi competent authorities, who confirmed that these attacks did indeed take place.

  • They promised to ensure that these attacks cease and to hold the perpetrators accountable.

                          

UNICEF STAFF MEMBER DIES AS RESULT OF NIGERIA BOMBING

  • Another United Nations staff member has died as a result of the suicide bombing that struck the world body’s offices in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, four months ago.

·        Fred Simiyu Willis, an employee of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), died on 23 December in South Africa, where he had been on medical evacuation after the blast, the agency confirmed today.

·        The Kenyan national had worked for the agency in Abuja since September 2004, serving as a health specialist focused on vaccine security, supply and logistics.

·        Kate Donovan, a spokesperson for UNICEF, said the agency was deeply saddened by the death of Mr. Willis, whom she described as a “very dedicated” employee. Mr. Willis’s passing takes the UN death toll from the terrorist attack on 26 August to 13, with 12 non-UN staff also killed.

·        “It’s a loss for the children of Nigeria and for all of us,” she said, noting that Mr. Willis’s efforts had helped to ensure immunization campaigns across the large African country.

·        “Our deepest condolences go out to his family and to his colleagues… He was a very highly valued member of the staff.”

·        The UN Country Team in Nigeria also offered its condolences and voiced gratitude to the people and authorities of the country for their support since the attack.

OCHA SUDAN UPDATE

  • People in South Kordofan State continue to be affected by fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N), according to the latest update from OCHA. The humanitarian community in Sudan is concerned about reports of declining food security and growing health concerns in SPLM-N held areas.

  • Due to government reports of large convoys of non-state armed actors moving through South Darfur to South Sudan and to North Kordofan, humanitarian actors have limited their movements in some areas, particularly along the Nyala – Ed Daein road and in Bahr el Arab area in the state’s southwest.

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