Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 August 2008

CHAD/ UNITED NATIONS / DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

 


CHAD/ UNITED NATIONS / DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

NEW YORK, USA, August 8, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Round table talks on Chad, initiated by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the Central African Republic and Chad, Victor Angelo, are taking place today and tomorrow in Stockholm, Sweden.  The talks are intended to provide a forum for different partners to exchange ideas on possible ways of supporting Security Council resolution 1778 (2007), which established last year the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT).

 

The two-day meeting will allow participants to discuss the ongoing multidimensional presence made up of MINURCAT and the European Force, or EUFOR.  Participants will also look at key recommendations of the United Nations-European Union Technical Assessment and Midterm Mandate Review, the Dakar Process and regional initiatives.  We have a press release upstairs with more details.

 

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) of the United Nations has granted an amount of $1.2 million for the emergency replacement of basic supplies that were burnt or looted as a result of warfare in eastern Chad in mid-June.

 

The grant will partly fund a project by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and will allow for the supply of emergency household items like blankets, mats, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, plastic sheeting, tents and soap to refugees and internally displaced persons.

 

Since its launch in 2006, the Fund has made available over $890 million for rapid disaster relief, helping the United Nations save tens of thousands of lives in 62 countries struggling with disasters, armed conflicts, or both.

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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