Posted by: APO | 6 October 2007


5 October 2007



And the spokesperson for the General Assembly president


The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Michèle Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, and Janos Tisovszky, Spokesperson for the General Assembly President.


Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General



** Democratic Republic of the Congo


On the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Refugee Agency says over the past week some 5,000 people fled fighting between Government forces, renegade troops and rebels in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Most have found refuge at the camp near the town of Goma.


The Agency says that some among the displaced persons travelled on foot for several days to safety.  This new influx has brought the total of IDP’s at the camp to over 80,000.  The United Nations now estimates that over 370,000 civilians have been displaced in North Kivu since December 2006.  The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, meanwhile, says that fighting continued intermittently in Karuba, near Goma.


And yesterday, the Mission, in a press release, strongly condemned the arrest by the Congolese Army of three local officials of the Military Tribunal of Kisangani.  The three were arrested sometime last week.  Then they were cuffed, undressed and severely beaten, says a MONUC team who visited them at a Kisangani hospital. 


Of course, all these press releases can be found in the Spokesperson’s Office.


** Cote d’Ivoire


On Cote d’Ivoire, the Force Commander of the UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire, General Fernand Marcel Amoussou, met this week with the leaders of the Government and former rebel armies at the Mission’s headquarters in Abidjan.  They discussed the structure and work of the Integrated Command Centre, which was created to unify the Ivorian military parties, and how it can support the ongoing pre-election identification scheme.  They also talked about other aspects of the implementation of the Ouagadougou Peace Agreement.





The Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme, Kemal Dervis, began a 10-day trip to Africa today to encourage renewed efforts in many countries that are not on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  He stated that while the leadership to achieve the MDGs must come from within Africa, African countries cannot achieve this alone and must be supported by international organizations and development partners.


He is also visiting three of the four African One UN pilot countries:  Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania. 


For more information, please contact the communications office at UNDP.


**Press Conference on Monday


Our guests at the noon briefing on Monday will be Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; and Jane Holl Lute, Acting Head of the Department of Field Support, who will brief you on the situation in the Sudan. 



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