Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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10-Jun-2015 00:34:35
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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The Secretary-General today visited Kazakhstan, where he participated in the fifth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

Back here, the Security Council met on Sudan today and heard a briefing from Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet.

Turning to Libya, all delegations of the Libyan political dialogue are currently in Berlin for discussions hosted by Germany with senior officials from a number of States, including the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom, as well as, of course, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Bernardino León.

Turning to Syria, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is continuing meetings with a broad spectrum of Syrian, regional and international interlocutors within the framework of the Geneva Consultations.

Turning to Iraq, Stephen O’Brien, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, called for greater assistance for millions of people across Iraq following a two-day visit to the country.

Turning to another dire humanitarian situation, in Yemen, it is estimated that 1,297 civilians have been killed and 3,227 others injured in that country as a result of the conflict between 26 March and 7 June, according to the latest figures released by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

In Seoul today, the joint mission by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Health has begun its work to review the situation regarding the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (otherwise known as MERS CoV) currently ongoing in the Republic of Korea.

I was asked a couple of questions last week: on Myanmar, about the population control law in Myanmar. In response to that, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) late yesterday said, in a statement, that it is gravely concerned about the adoption of the Health Care for Population Control Law.

Just to clear up some of the various stories on the Secretary-General’s phone conversation last week with the President of Sri Lanka: I can tell you that the Secretary-General congratulated the President on his accomplishments since assuming office, including on the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

And today, Angola has now paid its dues in full, becoming the ninety-eighth Member State to do so. Thank you to our friends in Luanda.
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