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Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary General

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY EDUARDO DEL BUEY,
DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

TUESDAY, 30 JULY 2013

SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS MANDATES OF U.N. MISSIONS IN COTE D’IVOIRE, CYPRUS AND DARFUR

  • The Security Council wrapped up its scheduled work for July by voting on Tuesday morning to extend the mandates of three UN peacekeeping missions: in Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus and Darfur.
  • The Security Council unanimously extended the mandate of the UN-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) for a further 13 months, until 31 August 2014. It also requested that the Secretary-General present options and recommendations on improving UNAMID’s effectiveness to the Security Council by the end of next February.
  • The Council unanimously decided to extend the mandate of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) until 30 June 2014. It also decided that the Mission shall be reconfigured to consist of up to 7,137 military personnel.
  • By a 13-0 vote, the Security Council extended the mandate of the UN Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until 31 January 2014. Azerbaijan and Pakistan abstained.

SYRIA: SOME 6.8 MILLION PEOPLE NEED ASSISTANCE INSIDE SYRIA, SAYS U.N. RELIEF OFFICE

  • The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that an estimated 6.8 million people continue to need assistance inside Syria and another 1.8 million people have fled the country since the beginning of the conflict. So far this year, UN agencies and humanitarian partners have organized 21 cross-line convoys and reached nearly 1.8 million people with food, water and health supplies in hard-to-reach areas.
  • The World Food Programme, working with 22 local NGOs, has reached 2.4 million people with food assistance so far this month. The World Health Organization and partners have provided primary health care and medical supplies throughout the country. More than 153,000 children have received medical check-ups through 51 UNICEF-supported mobile medical teams in all fourteen Governorates.
  • The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has provided more than 1.4 million people with essential aid, including cash assistance, across Syria this year. With the Ministry of Health, they have airlifted essential medical equipment and supplies to Qamishly airport for people in hard-to-reach cities in the northeast of Syria.  

LIBYA: U.N. MISSION CONDEMNS RECENT ACTS OF VIOLENCE

  • The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemns in the strongest terms the acts of violence that took place lately in a number of areas in Libya, including Tripoli and Benghazi.
  • The Mission expresses its grave concern over the deteriorating security conditions and the growing acts of violence that have targeted political activists, judicial institutions, diplomatic missions, army and police personnel, State facilities and others.
  • The Mission calls upon the State authorities to intensify their efforts to address the security challenges that Libya is facing.

D.R.CONGO: U.N. MISSION SUPPORTS CONGOLESE ARMY IN ESTABLISHING SECURITY ZONE IN GOMA

  • In light of the high risk to the civilian population in the Goma – Sake area, in North Kivu, the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, will support the Congolese army in establishing a security zone in Goma and its northern suburbs.
  • The UN Mission says that since mid-May, the area has seen repeated attacks by the M23 against Congolese army positions in an apparent attempt to advance on Goma and Sake. It adds that in these attacks, the latest of which started on 14 July, the M23 has used indiscriminate and indirect fire, including by heavy weapons, resulting in civilian casualties. The M23 has also targeted UN installations with its fire.
  • The Mission says that the security zone will push these threats out of range of Goma. It also says that the security zone may be expanded and repeated elsewhere, where it is needed.
  • The Spokesperson added that any individuals in this area who are not members of the national security forces will be given 48 hours as of 4pm (Goma time) on Tuesday, 30 July, to hand in their weapon to a MONUSCO base and join the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process.
  • After 4pm on Thursday, 1 August, they will be considered an imminent threat of physical violence to civilians and MONUSCO will take all necessary measures to disarm them, including by the use of force in accordance with its mandate and rules of engagement.

U.N. MISSION IN DARFUR REPORTS RENEWED FIGHTING

  • In response to questions, the Spokesperson said that the UN-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) has received reports of renewed fighting between the Salamat and Misseriya near Um Dukhun and Garsila in Central Darfur, on 27 and 29 July, respectively.
  • The Mission is working to contribute to the protection of civilians in the area from its base in Mukhjar, located 100 km north of Um Dukhun. At this stage, the Mission cannot confirm media reports of casualty numbers.
  • In addition, UNAMID is calling on the parties to cease hostilities and recommit to the terms of the ceasefire agreement reached on 3 July.

SECRETARY-GENERAL SPEAKS TO EGYPTIAN AUTHORITIES, OTHER LEADERS

  • Asked about Egypt, the Spokesperson said that the Secretary-General has been in touch with a wide range of leaders, including Egyptian Government authorities, to discuss his concerns in recent days.