News in Brief 19 May 2015 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Sixth Asia Leadership Conference, held in Seoul, Republic of Korea. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

UN chief to make first visit to North Korea in 20 years

The UN has confirmed that the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon will make an official trip to North Korea.

He will visit the Kaesong Industrial Complex on Thursday, a joint project between North and South Korea.

Mr Ban, who is a South Korean national, said he was willing to do whatever it takes to contribute to promoting reconciliation between the two countries.

It will be the first visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea by a UN Secretary-General in more than 20 years.

Syria consultations continue in Geneva

Consultations are continuing in Geneva in an attempt to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

According to the UN, 220,000 people have been killed, more than one million injured and 7.6 million have fled their homes as a result of the four-year long civil war.

The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is holding consultations with a wide range of interlocutors, including on Tuesday the Government of Iraq.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq:

"Special Envoy de Mistura noted the growing concern of the countries in the region about the deteriorating situation in and around Syria, and a need for an immediate political solution. He welcomed the readiness of the countries in the region and beyond to support the United Nations’ efforts to this effect."

"Political dialogue" needed in Burundi

"Political dialogue" is needed in Burundi to create conditions for holding free and fair elections.

That's what the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Said Djinnit, said after meeting the country's President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Speaking to the media Mr Djinnit reiterated the UN's condemnation of an attempted coup last week while President Nkurunziza was out of the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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