News in Brief 28 May 2015 (PM)

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An aid distribution earlier this year in the Azzas area of northern Syria. Photo: UNHCR/A. Solumsmoen

Syrians "not given up hope"

The Syrian people have not given up hope that peace can return to their country, the outgoing UN humanitarian chief has said.

Valerie Amos was addressing the Security Council for the last time before stepping down as the head of the UN humanitarian office, OCHA.

She said the hope was reflected in the bonds formed between strangers in the face of adversity and in the generosity of families in Syria and neighbouring countries sheltering, feeding, and clothing the displaced.

Government of Burundi urged to prevent and investigate political violence

Authorities in Burundi need to take concrete steps to investigate political violence and killings as well as violence targeting journalists and other civil society representatives in the African country.

That's the message conveyed by the head of the UN Department pf Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman to the country's chargé d’affaires at a meeting in New York.

Stephane Dujarric is UN Spokesperson in New York.

"He added that there must be more security of the electoral process, security for political and civil society actors, disarmament of armed civilians, strengthening of the national independent electoral commission and provisions for the vote of refugees."

Authorities in Mali urged to probe killing of a UN peacekeeper

Authorities in Mali have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to swiftly and thoroughly investigate an attack on UN peacekeepers early this week.

Ban Ki-moon said he deplored the shooting that took place in the capital Bamako which led to the death of a UN peacekeeper.

Mr Ban reaffirmed the willingness of the UN mission, MINUSMA to cooperate closely with Malian authorities in the probe.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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