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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY EDUARDO DEL BUEY
DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

TUESDAY, 27 NOVEMBER 2012

MIDDLE EAST: SITUATION ON GROUND REMAINS CALM, BUT STATUS QUO IS UNSUSTAINABLE

  • Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council this morning and discussed what he called the dangerous escalation that took place in the region last week.
  • He told the Security Council that Egypt and the parties have commenced intensive discussions following up on the cease-fire agreed to last week, while the calm has largely held on the ground. The devastating violence last week, he said, was a stark reminder that the status quo is unsustainable.
  • Mr. Serry said that he had visited Gaza on Sunday and witnessed the destruction that resulted from the hostilities, adding that virtually all families have now returned home. On the same day, he visited Rishon Letzion, a suburb of Tel Aviv where large parts of an apartment building were destroyed by a rocket from Gaza.
  • He also discussed the stated Palestinian intention to table a resolution at the General Assembly on the status of Palestine later this week. Mr. Serry reiterated the Secretary-General’s hope that all concerned look responsibly at the consequences of any decision they make.

SECURITY COUNCIL TO MEET ON KOSOVO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

  • This afternoon, the Security Council will have an open meeting on Kosovo to discuss the Secretary-General’s recent report on the work of the UN Mission there.
  • In that report, the Secretary-General notes recent positive developments in the efforts to implement the agreements reached in the European Union-facilitated dialogue. He welcomes the assurances received both in Belgrade and Pristina regarding their readiness and commitment to resume substantive engagement within the dialogue, to resolve the contentious issues through peaceful means and to maintain their common European perspective.
  • Following the meeting on Kosovo, the Security Council will hold consultations on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Council members will hear from Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous and from Chef de Cabinet Susana Malcorra, who travelled to Kampala last weekend as a Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General.

D.R. CONGO: U.N. MISSION REPORTS SITUATION IN GOMA AS CALM, WITH FIGHTING IN MINOVA AREA

  • Today in Kinshasa, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Roger Meece, held a press conference and welcomed the follow-up to the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region Summit in Kampala, Uganda.
  • He said that the UN Deputy Force Commander in the country is in Kampala to support the military chiefs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Rwanda concerning implementation of the agreement.
  • According to the UN Mission, MONUSCO, the situation in Goma is calm but tense. The UN Mission has conducted 84 patrols in the past 24 hours in the city.
  • Some fighting has been reported in the area of Minova between the Congolese Armed Forces and the M23.
  • In response to questions about human rights violations committed at Minova, the Spokesperson said that, according to UNICEF, the General Reference Hospital in Minova has reported 21 cases of rape and UNICEF is delivering 200 doses of post-exposure treatment to the hospital.
  • UNICEF and partners response to sexual and gender-based violence includes medical, psychosocial, legal and socio-economic support. Care International has conducted sexual and gender based violence evaluations in camps for internally displaced persons and spontaneous sites.

SECRETARY-GENERAL CALLS ON EIGHT REMAINING STATES TO JOIN CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION

  • The Secretary-General and the Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Üzümcü, have addressed a joint communication to the heads of State or Government of each of the eight States that are not Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention. In the letters, they strongly urge those eight States to join the Convention “without delay.”
  • The Convention currently has 188 States Party, leaving only Angola, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria as the States that remain outside the treaty.

SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS NEW DEPUTY HEAD OF U.N. LIBERIA MISSION

  • The Secretary-General has appointed Aeneas Chapinga Chuma of Zimbabwe as his Deputy Special Representative for Recovery and Governance of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).  Mr. Chuma will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative.
  • He will replace Mr. Moustapha Soumaré of Mali, who now serves as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.