Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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01-Jul-2016 00:21:27
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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In a statement issued today, the Secretary-General said that he is pleased that, in collaboration with his counterparts from the Russian Federation, the United States and the European Union, the Quartet has today released its report highlighting the major threats to the two-state solution and providing recommendations on how to preserve and advance this goal.

On Wednesday, 6 July, the Secretary-General will arrive in Beijing, China, from New York. The following day, he will meet with President Xi Jinping as well as other senior officials, including Premier Li Keqiang, State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The Spokesman provided an update on the ongoing investigations being conducted jointly with the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) on the allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Kemo prefecture in the Central African Republic (CAR).

The United Nations and its partners continue to call for the immediate provision of life-saving assistance, including water, food and basic health care, to more than 85,000 Syrians estimated to be stranded along the Syrian and Jordanian border area in makeshift tented settlements.

A total of 662 Iraqis were killed and another 1,457 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in June, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Those numbers include 382 civilian deaths and 1,145 wounded civilians.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) today issued casualty figures for June – there have been an estimated 49 civilian casualties, including 18 deaths and 31 injuries, because of hostilities across Libya.

The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, met with Lebanese Prime Minister Tamam Salam today in advance of her visit to Washington and New York. She reiterated her condolences to the families of the victims of the recent terrorist attacks.

The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, yesterday for a three-day visit at the request of the United Nations Security Council.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said today that over 15,500 asylum seekers were pre-registered on mainland Greece in a large-scale effort launched by the Greek Asylum Service with UNHCR’s support.

In response to questions regarding the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) vote yesterday appointing a new Independent Expert, the Spokesman said that the Secretary-General believes that the Human Rights Council marked another important step forward when it decided to appoint a UN Independent Expert to monitor and report on levels of violence and discrimination against LGBT people globally.
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