HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY MARTIN NESIRKY, SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
WEDNESDAY, 11 JULY 2012
SYRIA ENVOY BRIEFS SECURITY COUNCIL
- The Security Council is holding consultations on Syria.
- Kofi Annan, the UN-League of Arab States Joint Special Envoy for Syria, is briefing Council members by video link from Geneva, while the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, is on hand to discuss the work of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS).
- The Secretary-General’s report on the Mission is out as a document, and in it, he encourages the Security Council to maintain a Mission presence capable of adapting to the opportunities that may arise should the parties accept a political solution.
- On Wednesday afternoon, the Security Council will receive a briefing on West Africa from the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the region, Said Djinnit.
- Asked about plans to cut the number of UN troops in Syria, the Spokesperson said that the United Nations was engaged in planning to be prepared for eventualities, depending on what course is determined by the Security Council for the UN Mission’s future.
U.N. MISSION REITERATES CONCERN OVER WORSENING SITUATION IN EASTERN D.R. CONGO
- Roger Meece, the Special Representative of the Secretary General in the Democratic Republic of Congo, briefed the Security Council on Tuesday afternoon on the situation in the eastern region of the country.
- On Wednesday, the United Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) once more expressed its concern about the deterioration in the security and humanitarian situation in North Kivu and the impact of the fighting on the civilian population.
- Those concerns are also shared by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), particularly about the impact on the civilian population.
- The Mission’s activities include conducting aerial reconnaissance flights over areas where M23 is present, in order to obtain tactical information and verify reports. The Mission has also reinforced its troop presence in Goma and has intensified its efforts to protect civilians, including through intensified patrols.
- The Mission stresses that the violence must cease immediately.
SECRETARY-GENERAL DISCUSSES DETERIORIATING SITUATION IN EASTERN D.R. CONGO WITH REGIONAL LEADERS
- The Secretary-General called President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Wednesday to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in eastern DRC and identify possible steps to resolve the crisis.
- The Secretary-General expressed grave concern over reports that the M23 mutineers fighting Government forces in North Kivu are receiving external support and are well-trained, armed and equipped.
- Stressing the need to do everything possible to dissuade the M23 from making further advances and to cease fighting immediately, the Secretary-General urged Presidents Kagame and Kabila to pursue dialogue in order to defuse tensions and bring an end to the crisis.
SECURITY COUNCIL WELCOMES FIRST LIBYAN NATIONAL POLLS IN 50 YEARS
- In a press statement issued late on Tuesday, the members of the Security Council welcomed the holding of the first national elections in Libya nearly half a century, which the members considered a milestone for Libya’s democratic transition.
- The members of the Security Council congratulated the Libyan people on this occasion and commended their peaceful participation in the process, while strongly condemning the isolated incidents of violence that occurred.
- Asked about electoral incidents in eastern Libya, the Spokesperson noted that Special Representative Ian Martin had spoken about the electoral process, as has the Secretary-General. He said that the election had encountered some hiccups but had been a largely successful process.
MALIAN REFUGEES IN SURROUNDING COUNTRIES TOPS 200,000 – U.N. HUMANITARIAN ARM
- The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that the number of Malian refugees registered in Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger is now more than 200,000, with an increase of 15,000 in Mauritania alone since the end of June.
- Humanitarian workers have limited access to areas in the north, especially Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal. However, the World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners have delivered food and nutritional supplements to more than 50,000 people in those areas, as well as 6,600 people in the Mopti and Segou regions.
- More than 1,500 children are being treated for varying levels of malnutrition through the efforts of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners. Also, more than 7,000 hygiene kits have been distributed and work has begun on water supply networks.
U.N. STRESSES RESPONSIBILTY TO HELP THOSE IN TROUBLE ON HIGH SEAS: Asked about the recent drowning deaths of refugees on the Mediterranean Sea, the Spokesperson noted the responsibility of those at sea to help people in trouble on the high seas.
EGYPTIAN TENSIONS SHOULD BE RESOLVED THROUGH DIALOGUE – U.N.: Regarding recent tensions in Egypt, the Spokesperson reiterated that differences should be resolved through dialogue.