News in Brief 25 September 2017 (PM)

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Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Evan Schneider (file)

Iraq: UN chief concerned about Kurdistan vote

The UN Secretary-General has expressed concern over Monday's referendum in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, citing its "potentially destabilizing effects."

Citizens in the autonomous northern region went to the polls to vote on whether or not to seek independence.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, UN chief António Guterres underscored his respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Iraq.

He added that all outstanding issues between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government "should be resolved through structured dialogue and constructive compromise."

Mr Guterres also expressed hope that UN activities across Iraq, including in the Kurdistan region, will continue unhindered.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh now at 436,000

The number of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar who have arrived in Bangladesh in the past month has reached 436,000, the United Nations reported on Monday.

Aid agencies have reached the majority of these people, around 80 per cent, and are ramping up activities to support them.

Scores of Rohingya—a Muslim minority—have been fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State in recent weeks.

UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric has more information:

"As of this morning, aid agencies have received 43 per cent of the $77 million appealed [for] in the initial response plan. However, the scale of the emergency has surpassed early projections. The response plan is being revised, with funding requirements projected to rise to US$200 million to reach 1.2 million people—including the newly arrived refugees, those who came earlier, as well as host communities in Bangladesh.”

UN aid chief in Libya concerned over deadly violence in western city

A senior UN official in Libya has voiced concern over deadly ongoing fighting in Sabratah.

Maria do Valle Ribeiro, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, on Monday condemned the continued violence in the western city which has claimed several lives.

The latest victims were three civilians, according to reports, while eight others were wounded, including a woman and an eight-year-old child.

A family fleeing the fighting, whose car was hit by a rocket, was also among them.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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