Posted by: APO | 11 October 2007

UN – HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

BY MARIE OKABE
DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

Thursday, October 11, 2007

[U.N. Headquarters will be closed tomorrow for an official holiday, Eid al-Fitr.
The noon briefing will resume Monday, October 15, 2007 ]

 BAN KI-MOON IS CONCERNED BY RISING TENSION
BETWEEN ETHIOPIA & ERITREA

  • The Secretary-General is concerned about the rising tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea, including recent shooting incidents, as well as the building up of military forces in the border area. 
     
  • The Secretary-General calls upon Eritrea and Ethiopia to exercise utmost restraint, maintain their commitment to the Algiers Agreements, preserve the integrity of the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ), and facilitate the implementation of the delimitation decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC).
     
  • The shooting incident referred to took place on 8 October, according to our Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

 

 U.N.’S DARFUR ENVOY SAYS VICIOUS CIRCLE OF VIOLENCE MUST END

  • UN Special Envoy for Darfur Jan Eliasson and Senior Advisor to the African Union (AU) Special Envoy Sam Ibok held today a joint press conference at UN Mission Headquarters in Khartoum to brief on the recent activities of the AU-UN mediation in preparation of the Darfur Talks set to start in Libya, on 27 October.
     
  • In his remarks, Eliasson indicated that he held a series of meetings in Khartoum with a number of Government officials. He also indicated that a meeting was held with representatives of the regional partners, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, and Libya to finalize preparations for the talks. He characterized the meeting as positive and successful in showing strong unity in purpose.
     
  • Eliasson expressed deep concern at the security situation on the ground and at recent military escalation. He stressed the need to end what he called the vicious circle of violence and to ensure an environment conducive to talks.
     
  • He stressed that the mediation is staying on course regarding the political process and that the talks will start as scheduled. He warned that any delay would be tragic as it would mean more bloodshed and that any other alternative to negotiations is scary.
     
  • He expressed hope that the first outcome of the talks would be to have a formal declaration of cessation of hostilities soon after the negotiations start.
     
  • He underlined the keenness of the mediation to ensure inclusiveness of the talks and indicated that invitations to participants from the signatories and non-signatories to the Darfur Peace Agreement, as well as to representatives of the civil society will be sent in the course of the next few days.
     
  • He expressed hope that non-signatory groups will decide soon on their representation to the talks so that the mediation can establish the list of participants to the talks by next week. He further hoped that the talks will send a positive signal to the internally displaced persons and the conflict-affected population on their expectations regarding security, compensation, and land related-issues.

 FIGHTING PREVENTS HUMANITARIAN DELIVERIES IN D.R. CONGO

  • The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says there have been reports of rising numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) over the last few days in North Kivu in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN convoys have tried to deliver food and supplies to areas where the fighting is taking place, but many have been forced to delay operations because of insecurity.
     
  • Several agencies have reached Mugunda, 15 kilometres from Goma, where an assessment has been underway since Monday. IDPs are reporting serious incidents, including pillaging, house demolitions, child recruitment and rape.
     
  • Meanwhile, the number of reported rape cases in North Kivu in September was more than 350, a 60% increase from the month before, according to the working group on protection in Goma.


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