News in Brief 18 May 2017 (AM)

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Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. (file) UN Photo/Loey Felipe

"Imperative" to find a resolution to Palestinian hunger strike

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has said it is "imperative" to find a resolution to end the on-going hunger strike by Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.

UNSCO chief Nickolay Mladenov issued a statement on Thursday saying he had been following the hunger strike "with great concern" and a solution had to be found in line with international law, and "Israel's human rights obligations".

According to news reports, more than 890 prisoners have been refusing food since 17 April, protesting over conditions inside Israeli jails.

Mr Mladenov said there were "growing tensions on the Palestinian street" over the issue, and he said ending the hunger strike was in the "interest of peace and ongoing initiatives to revive" peace talks.

He called on all sides to "exercise maximum restraint, and show responsibility".

Bosnia and Herzegovina's prosperity, stability, needs international support

Bosnia and Herzegovina's future prosperity and stability rest on European institutional integration, but they need more support to get there.

That's the view of the UN High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, otherwise known as BiH, addressing the Security Council on Thursday.

Valentin Inzko's office oversees the civilian implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement signed in 1995, which ended years of bloody conflict in BiH.

In order to support Bosnia and Herzegovina, the European Union has increased its commitment.

Mr Inzko said that the country still faced fundamental challenges in becoming an internationally-recognized member of institutions such as the European Union.

"It cannot be assumed that BiH is on a glide-path to a peaceful, viable state, irreversibly on course for European integration. The international community cannot deliver the changes needed to bring Bosnians and Herzegovinians greater prosperity, stability and membership in Euro-Atlantic institutions. Only the leaders and institutions can do this. But we can, and in my view, we must continue to offer institutional support and a vision based on integration and functionality."

Tourists sexually- exploiting children in Dominican Republic must be punished

Tourists who visit the Dominican Republic to sexually exploit children "must know that their crimes will be punished", said the independent UN expert on the issue, on Thursday.

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, was speaking at the end of her first official visit to the Caribbean country.

"Child-protection must be at the core of the Government's tourism strategy" she urged, adding that the government needed to send a "strong signal" that the target of attracting 10 million tourists by 2022, should not be reached "at the expense" of encouraging exploitation.

She called on the Ministry of Tourism to build prevention into its plans and implement a formal code of conduct that's has already been deployed by some in the private travel sector, encouraged by affected community groups.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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