News in Brief 13 March 2015 (PM)

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Bernardino León. UN Photo (file) /Amanda Voisard

Libyan parties meet with UN envoy

Representatives of Libyan political parties on Friday met with the top UN envoy for Libya, Bernardino Leon in Skhirat, Morocco.

They are participating in the UN brokered political dialogue to end factional fighting which has plagued Libya since Muammar al-Qhadafi was overthrown in a popular uprising nearly four years ago.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has proposed to resume the dialogue session in Morocco on Thursday next week in order to allow more time for consultations.

US$45 million urgently required to feed Iraqis until June

US$45 million is urgently required to feed thousands of Iraqis affected by conflict between government forces and so-called Islamic State terrorists until June, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

The agency has warned that the humanitarian situation in the cities of Samarra in Salah al-Din and Al-Baghdadi in Anbar is worsening with thousands of people in need of basic assistance such as food, clean water and medicine.

WFP said it is sending 3,000 ready-to-eat-food rations, enough to feed 15,000 people for three days.

These are due to arrive in the besieged city of Al-Baghdadi on Sunday.

Myanmar urged to ensure people in need get humanitarian aid

Authorities in Myanmar have been urged by two senior UN officials to ensure that humanitarian assistance is provided to all those who are in need.

The appeal came from Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Ertharin Cousin the Executive Director of the World Food Programme.

On a two-day visit to the Asian country this week, the two officials met with government officials in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw and visited Sittwe in Rakhine state where communities remain polarized amid ongoing sectarian tensions.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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