News in Brief 23 August 2016 (PM)

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Women carry empty bags as they line up to receive food at the Tawilla site for newly arrived IDPs from Jebel Marra, South Sudan. 22 February 2016. Photo: OCHA

Dutch general to lead South Sudan investigation

An independent probe into violence in Juba, South Sudan, that took place in July will be led by a former Dutch soldier, Major General Patrick Cammaert, the UN has announced.

The Special Investigation will review reports of attacks on civilians and cases of sexual violence that occurred within or in the vicinity of UN protection of civilian sites in the South Sudanese capital.

The UN Spokesperson is Stéphane Dujarric:

"It will also determine the actions of the UN Mission and whether the Mission responded appropriately to prevent these incidents and protect civilians within its resources and capabilities at the time."

The Special Investigation team will visit Juba to interview the relevant interlocutors.

A final report will be presented to the Secretary-General which will be made public.

"Timely" presidential and legislative elections urged in DRC

The holding of "timely" presidential and legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been urged by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

His comments follow a meeting of the preparatory committee to the national dialogue which was set up to overcome differences on the polls which are due to be held in November.

Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, again.

"The Secretary-General once again calls on all political stakeholders in the country to engage in an inclusive political dialogue in good faith to overcome the impasse of the electoral process. He notes that there is no alternative to a credible political dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and further urges all actors to refrain from any action that could increase tensions or lead to violence."

Convoy delivers aid to hard-to-reach area in Syria for first time in August 

In Syria, an aid convoy was due to reach 35,000 people in Al Waer, a neighbourhood in the city of Homs, on Tuesday.

The humanitarian convoy included food, health supplies, and non-food items.

This was the first inter-agency convoy to deliver life-saving assistance this month to any besieged or hard-to reach area in Syria.

A second convoy is planned for later this week.

The civil war in Syria has continued for over five years.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 2'12"

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