Posted by: APO | 18 October 2007

UN – HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

BY MICHELE MONTAS
SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

Thursday, October 18, 2007

BAN KI-MOON NAMES FIVE SENIOR OFFICIALS FOR AFRICA

  • Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint three Special Representatives: Ellen Margrethe Loj of Denmark for Liberia; Alan Doss of the United Kingdom for the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and Choi Young-Jin of the Republic of Korea for Côte d’Ivoire.
     
  • A response from the Security Council is expected shortly.
     
  • Ms. Loj, who most recently served as Denmark’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will replace Alan Doss.
     
  • Mr. Doss, currently the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Liberia, will replace William Lacy Swing of the United States.
     
  • Mr. Choi, who most recently served as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN, will replace Pierre Schori of Sweden.
     
  • In addition, the Secretary-General has appointed two Deputy Special Representatives: Ms. Bintou Keita of Guinea for Burundi and Mr. Bacre Waly Ndiaye of Senegal for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  BAN KI-MOON APPEALS FOR CONSOLIDATION
 OF IMPROVING AFRICAN GOVERNANCE

  • The Secretary-General today delivered remarks to the General Assembly Plenary Debate on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the causes of conflict and promotion of peace and development in Africa, and the Decade to Roll Back Malaria.
     
  • The Secretary-General said we must now help consolidate positive changes in Africa through stronger, more coherent UN support, including in the areas of governance and institutional capacity-building.
     
  • On malaria, he noted that we now have the tools and increased resources to control the sickness. But every minute we wait, another two children die needlessly, he said.

 INT’L CRIMINAL COURT TAKES CUSTODY OF CONGOLESE WARLORD

  • The International Criminal Court (ICC) says that it has taken custody earlier today of Germain Katanga, a former senior commander of the Force de Résistance Patriotique en Ituri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Katanga, who is 29-years-old, is suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity and is now being held at the ICC’s detention center in The Hague.
     
  • In sealed documents filed in June 2007, the ICC Prosecutor introduced evidence against Katanga, charging him with three counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of war crimes. Deputy-Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement today that Katanga’s name will forever be associated with the village of Bogoro where in February 2003 Katanga’s fighters slaughtered some 200 people and forced local women into sexual slavery, among other crimes.
     
  • Meanwhile, the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) says that 363 former Congolese soldiers who fought alongside renegade General Laurent Nkunda have left his ranks and joined the so-called brassage process, which will lead to their reinsertion into the Government Army.

RWANDAN CHARGED WITH GENOCIDE IS ARRESTED IN FRANCE

  • French authorities earlier this week arrested Rwandan national Dominique Ntawukuriryayo, who has been on the run from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). He was detained by French police in the town Carcassone, in southern France, and is expected to be transferred to Paris and then on to the ICTR in Arusha, Tanzania, in the next few days.
     
  • The suspect was a sub-prefect of Gisagara, in the southern Rwandan province of Butare, during the genocide. The charge sheet against him, submitted by ICTR Prosecutor Hassan Jallow in 2005, accuses him of genocide, complicity in genocide and inciting the public to commit genocide.

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