News in Brief 06 December 2016 (PM)

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Nickolay Mladenov briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

"Legalization bill" to diminish prospect of Arab-Israeli peace

A bill that will protect illegal settlements and outposts built on Palestinian property in the West Bank threatens to "greatly diminish" the prospect of an Arab-Israeli peace.

The warning comes from the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov.

If adopted, he said, the bill will have "far reaching" legal consequences for Israel and across the West Bank.

Mr. Mladenov encouraged Israeli legislators to reconsider this move.

All settlement activities are illegal under international law, he recalled.

The Middle East Quartet, which consists of the UN, the United States, the European Union, and Russia, consider them a main obstacle to any peace deal.

People in Libya frustrated at slow pace of progress, says UN envoy

People in Libya are right to be frustrated at the slow pace of progress to stabilize their country, the UN envoy for the country said on Tuesday.

Martin Kobler made the remarks during his briefing to the Security Council a week before the first anniversary of the signing of the so-called Libyan Political Agreement.

Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.

"Mr Kobler stressed the need to tackle outstanding political questions, noting that a path forward should consist of inclusive, peaceful dialogue, and never military escalation. The only alternative to the Libyan Political Agreement is chaos, he said."

He also urged Council members to deal with the situation of migrants "effectively and comprehensively" describing the North African country as a "human marketplace."

Disaster-affected families in Haiti receive seeds to plant ahead of winter

Disaster-affected families in Haiti are receiving bags of planting seeds to help them grow food ahead of winter, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.

Hurricane Matthew struck in October during Haiti's second main harvest time, causing losses to agriculture of US $580 million.

It also wiped out 90 percent of the country's harvest.

Family farming is a primary food source for most Haitians.

A little over a million people in the Caribbean island are in need of food assistance, according to FAO's latest assessment.

Out of this number, more than 800,000 people are in urgent need of food aid and some 600,000 base their livelihood exclusively on agriculture.

Andita Listyarini, United Nations.

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