News in Brief 3 June 2015 (AM)

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The Central African Republic has been suffering a devastating humanitarian crisis, with more than half of the population – 2.7 million people – needing aid. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Cortes

External Independent Review of allegations of sexual abuse in CAR

An External Independent Review is being set up to examine the UN system's handling of recent serious allegations of sexual abuse against children in the Central African Republic.

The children were allegedly abused by foreign troops not under the authority of the UN.

A statement issued on Wednesday said the Secretary-General decided to set up the review to examine the treatment of the specific report of abuse as well as a broad range of systemic issues related to how the UN responds to serious information of this kind.

It added that his intention is to ensure that the UN does not fail the victims of sexual abuse, especially when committed by those who are meant to protect them.

Yemeni stakeholders urged to participate in UN consultations

Deep concern has been expressed by the UN Security Council about the situation in Yemen.

In a statement, the 15-member Council said it was very disappointed that consultations in Geneva planned for 28 May did not take place.

It's urging Yemeni stakeholders to participate in the UN-brokered political consultations as soon as possible.

The UN estimates that nearly 2000 people have been killed in the country since violence erupted at the end of March between government forces and Houthi rebels.

The Council is being briefed on Wednesday by the Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Yemen who will share the latest developments.

Libya "at its limit"

Libya is at its limit and continuing with the confrontation is not an option for the country's future, according to the Secretary-General's Special Representative for the country.

Bernardino Leon was addressing Libyan political leaders and activists gathered in Algeria where talks are being held to support a political agreement.

He said now is the crucial time to make decisions that are fair and balanced, and to agree on a unity government that represents all Libyans.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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