Posted by: APO | 14 November 2007

UN – HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

BAN KI-MOON TRAVELS TODAY TO MADRID AND TUNIS

  • Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is currently in Tunis, where he will participate in an international conference on counter-terrorism that is being organized by the United Nations, the Tunisian Government and the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
     
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 SECURITY COUNCIL TO BE BRIEFED ON PREPARATIONS
 FOR AFRICAN UNION-UNITED NATIONS DARFUR FORCE

  • The Security Council this morning held a formal meeting to hear briefings from the chairs of its various subsidiary bodies. It heard from the Ambassadors of Panama, Belgium and Slovakia, who chair the committees dealing, respectively, with counter-terrorism; al-Qaeda and the Taliban; and weapons of mass destruction.
     
  • This afternoon at 3 p.m., Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno was scheduled to brief the Security Council in closed consultations about preparations for the deployment of the UN-African Union hybrid operation in Darfur, known as UNAMID.

DARFUR PEACE PROCESS ENVOYS MEET WITH REGIONAL PARTNERS

  • The African Union and UN Special Envoys for Darfur, Salim Ahmed Salim and Jan Eliasson, are meeting with representatives of the Regional Partners of the Darfur Peace Process in Asmara, Eritrea, today to take stock of the on-going Darfur Peace Process and to discuss the way forward.
     
  • The meeting follows a week of consultations and presentations in Sirte, Libya, by experts in the Joint AU-UN Mediation Support Team on issues related to power-sharing and wealth-sharing, as well as humanitarian and security issues.
     
  • A delegation from the Joint AU-UN Mediation Support Team traveled to Juba and Darfur from 3 to 10 November 2007 to exchange views and support the efforts of non-signatory Movements in preparation for direct negotiations under the AU-UN led mediation. 
     
  • Special Envoy Eliasson, along with his African Union counterpart,  is expected to travel to Khartoum following his visit to Eritrea.

 SECURITY COUNCIL NOTES PROGRESS
IN LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY-AFFECTED REGIONS

  • In a statement read to the press yesterday, following a briefing by former President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, in his capacity as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Lord’s Resistance Army-affected regions, Security Council President Amb. Marty Natalegawa said that Council members were encouraged by the progress in the peace negotiations and the improved security and humanitarian situation in northern Uganda.
     
  • Council members reaffirmed their commitment to see those responsible for serious crimes brought to justice, and they urged the LRA to release immediately all women, children and other non combatants.

SECURITY COUNCIL URGES ERITREA AND ETHIOPIA
 TO RESOLVE BOUNDARY DISPUTE

  • Late Tuesday afternoon, following a briefing by Assistant Secretary-General for the Rule of Law Dimitri Titov, the Security Council, in a presidential statement, urged Ethiopia and Eritrea to allow the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission to demarcate their disputed border completely and to accept such the Commission’s decision without preconditions.
     
  • The Council also expressed support for the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

 LIBERIA HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT HIGHLIGHTS CHALLENGES
 IN JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM

  • In its latest quarterly report on human rights in Liberia, covering the period from February to April 2007, the U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) focuses on challenges facing Liberia’s juvenile justice system, including evidence that children below the age of criminal responsibility were tried in adult courts and that juveniles were detained with adult inmates.
     
  • The study also highlights reports of violations of human rights by some law enforcement officials and the need for improvement of human rights standards in detention facilities.  It further notes the slow progress in hearing cases in the Circuit Courts, due to the absence of essential personnel. 

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