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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY MARTIN NESIRKY,
SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

TUESDAY, 14 MAY 2013

 

U.N. MISSION IN SOUTH SUDAN CONCERNED OVER DETERIORATING SECURITY SITUATION IN JONGLEI STATE

  • The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said on Tuesday that it is deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in and around the town of Pibor in Jonglei State.
  • The Mission strongly condemns the violence, looting and displacement affecting civilians and humanitarian organizations there.
  • It also expressed its concern over statements issued by the David Yau Yau-led armed group demanding that civilians leave the towns of Pibor, in Jonglei, and Kapoeta, in Eastern Equatoria State.
  • The Mission said that the Government of South Sudan has the primary responsibility to protect the population. It also called on the civilian and military authorities to immediately take control of the situation and also to hold perpetrators to account.
  • Mission troops have already been patrolling Pibor and that was before the looting started, but it has reinforced its presence in the town since then. Its peacekeepers have clear instructions to assist in protecting civilians.

U.N. PEACEKEEPING CHIEF EXPRESSES U.N.’S SUPPORT FOR SECURITY AND STABILITY IN LEBANON

  • The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, met on Tuesday with Lebanese President, the Speaker of Parliament and caretaker Prime Minister in Beirut. He also met with the Force Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces.
  • Discussions in the meetings were particularly focused on the situation in the area of operations of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and its cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces.
  • Mr. Ladsous said afterward that the United Nations places the utmost importance on security and stability in Lebanon, particularly during these extremely turbulent times. He assured his interlocutors of the UN’s complete support and engagement at every level to bolster the efforts of the Lebanese leadership to safeguard Lebanon from the negative impact of regional developments.
  • The Spokesperson was asked on Monday about Resolution 1701. Resolution 1701 clearly places the responsibility for preventing weapons smuggling into Lebanon on the Government of Lebanon.
  • The resolution authorizes the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to assist the Government of Lebanon in this endeavour at its request, but it has not been requested to assist the Government on the land borders with Syria. Therefore, the Mission, UNIFIL is not deployed on the land borders between Lebanon and Syria.
  • The Government of Lebanon has requested UNIFIL’s assistance to the Lebanese navy in preventing the entry into Lebanon without its consent of arms or related materiel. Based on this request, UNIFIL’s Maritime Task Force has been deployed since October 2006 with the mandate to assist the Lebanese navy in preventing arms smuggling by sea into Lebanon.

SECURITY COUNCIL BRIEFED ON DEVELOPMENTS IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

  • The Security Council on Tuesday morning received a briefing from Valentin Inzko, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the latest developments in that country.
  • On Monday afternoon, the Security Council wrapped up its meeting on terrorism in Africa with a Presidential Statement in which the Council noted with deep concern that terrorism continues to pose a serious threat to international peace and security, the enjoyment of human rights and social and economic development of States, and undermines global stability and prosperity in Africa.

BANGLADESH: U.N. LABOUR AGENCY WELCOMES ACCORD ON BUILDING AND FIRE SAFETY

  • The International Labour Organization, ILO, on Tuesday welcomed the Accord on Building and Fire Safety in Bangladesh.
  • It also welcomed the support of international trade unions, apparel brands and retailers for this agreement.
  • The ILO said that the need for urgent improvement in workplace safety requires the industry to work together to implement a plan of action that supports the vital role of Government, employer and worker organizations in Bangladesh.
  • The ILO says it stands ready to support this initiative.

C.A.R: SECRETARY-GENERAL STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING CREDIBLE INSTITUTIONS IN MEETING WITH PRIME MINISTER

  • The Secretary-General met with Nicolas Tiangaye, Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR), on Monday. He expressed his support to the Prime Minister and to the legitimacy he derives from the Libreville Agreements and the N’Djamena Declaration.
  • He emphasized that the establishment of credible institutions and an inclusive process are critical for the success of the transition.
  • The Secretary-General reiterated his deep concern over the continued grave violations of human rights across the country and the deteriorating humanitarian situation. He indicated that it is imperative to stop these abuses and to ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable.
  • The Secretary-General discussed the ongoing security crisis in the CAR and advocated for increased access to the local population in need. He also reiterated the strong commitment of the United Nations to continue to support the transitional process.

U.N. HUMANITARIAN AGENCIES WORK WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN MYANMAR TO PREPARE FOR ONSET OF CYCLONE

  • Asked about the response to the onset of Cyclone Mahasen, the Spokesperson said that evacuation and relocation operations in Rakhine State are being led by the Government of Myanmar.
  • He said that humanitarian agencies are working closely with local authorities to pre-position relief stocks and stand ready to assist them with the response as required.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

SECRETARY-GENERAL HAS NOT SPOKEN TO NAWAZ SHARIF FOLLOWING ELECTIONS IN PAKISTAN: Asked whether the Secretary-General had spoken to Nawaz Sharif following the elections in Pakistan, the Spokesperson said that they had not yet spoken. He noted that a letter of congratulation is normally sent to a head of government once a government is inaugurated.

U.N. SPOKESPERSON SAYS POTENTIAL CONFERENCE ON SYRIA REPRESENTS IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY: Asked about a potential conference on Syria, the Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General remains in contact with the Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, who has said that such a conference would be a very important first step. The conference represents an important opportunity and it is incumbent on all concerned to seize the opportunity to end the bloodshed in Syria.

INTERNATIONAL FACILITATOR FOR GUINEA CONTINUES DUTY: Asked about Guinea, the Spokesperson said Said Djinnit is continuing as international facilitator there.

U.N. MISSION IN ABYEI NEEDS SAFE CONDITIONS FOR INVESTIGATION: Asked about a recent incident in Abyei, the Spokesperson noted the need for conditions on the ground to be safe enough for the UN Mission there to conduct an investigation.