News in Brief 23 November 2016 (PM)

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Since fighting erupted between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in 1974, the area dividing the island fell within a buffer zone controlled by UNFICYP. The UN works through the good offices of the Secretary-General to assist in the search for a comprehensive and mutually acceptable settlement to the Cyprus problem. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Don't let "historic opportunity slip" to resolve Cyprus division 

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has said that he is disappointed that talks on the future of Cyprus did not yield the "desired results," and has said the "historic opportunity" to resolve the longstanding issue should not be missed.

Talks between the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akıncı, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Nicos Anastasiades, in Mont Pèlerin, in Switzerland, were aimed at ending the decades-old division of the Mediterranean island.

The second round of talks ended on 21 November.

Here's the UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"On the same night of 21 November, thousands of people from both communities gathered in the buffer zone in Nicosia in support of the leaders' shared vision of a united homeland. The Secretary-General is confident of the leaders' continued desire to deliver on these expectations with a mutually beneficial solution. Cypriots deserve nothing less."

Tensions "remain high" in CAR town

Tensions "remain high" in Central African Republic town of Bria following clashes between two armed groups according to the UN mission there, MINUSCA.

A three-year long political crisis in the country has resulted in a violent conflict that has affected nearly the whole country.

Here's the UN Deputy Spokesperson again

"The Mission confirms that at least 16 civilians have been killed and 52 wounded. The local Red Cross has reported an additional 58 deaths, which the Mission is trying to confirm. One UN peacekeeper was also injured by gunshot. The violence also caused the displacement of around 6,000 people, who have sought refuge at an improvised site adjacent to the UN camp."

Resumption of aid operations across Syrian-Jordan border welcomed

The resumption of aid operations across the Syrian-Jordan border has been welcomed by the United Nations.

An estimated 85,000 Syrians, three-quarters of them women and children, have been stranded in a remote and arid desert area on the Jordanian side of the border for more than two months.

The UN and its partners have delivered food and essential items to approximately 170 households in the Rukban community in preparation for the winter months.

Andita Listyarini, United Nations

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