News in Brief 14 July 2015 (PM)

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Martin Kobler. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

"Constructive partnership" with government crucial to UN's work in DR Congo

The success of the United Nations' mandate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo rests upon a continued constructive partnership with the government, according to the Head of the UN mission in the country, MONUSCO.

Martin Kobler was briefing the Security Council on the situation in the African country, where the UN has been working to restore peace and stability for more than 15 years.

He gave an update on security issues, the electoral process, as well as strategic dialogue taking place between the UN mission and the government.

Here's Mr Kobler.

"The strategic dialogue between MONUSCO and the government of the DRC began in March 2015. Since then we have met at the highest levels with a common purpose in mind: setting in motion a gradual, mutually agreeable exit strategy, and reinvigorating our sincere collaboration on issues of security, elections, human rights and communications; areas lying at the very heart of our mandate."

Israel's release of Palestinian prisoner welcomed by UN rights office

The recent release of a Palestinian prisoner who had been on a hunger strike protesting his continuing administrative detention by the Israeli authorities for more than a year has been welcomed by the UN human rights office (OHCHR).

The prisoner, Khader Adnan, had been on hunger strike for over two months.

The UN defines an administrative detainee as someone held without charge or trial, often on the basis of secret evidence, for periods of up to six months, which are extendable indefinitely.

At the end of March, 396 Palestinians were reportedly held in administrative detention in Israel.

In Jordan, UN Special Envoy for Syria reaffirms "resolve" for peace 

The United Nations Secretary-General's resolve to spare no efforts to support the people of Syria was reaffirmed by the UN Special Envoy on Tuesday as he continued meeting with government representatives in the region.

During a visit to Jordan, Staffan de Mistura discussed the impact of Syrian refugees with the country's Deputy Prime Minister, Nasser Judeh.

Though Jordan is receiving a substantial number of Syrian refugees, the envoy stressed that regional and international powers can do more to help end the conflict.

Mr de Mistura will continue consultations with other regional states over the coming days.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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