Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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ENGLISH 16-Feb-2017 00:12:43
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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The Secretary-General has arrived in Germany, where in Bonn, he took part in a G20 session on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council this morning, and told Council members that we must never allow the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to drift into the abyss of the extremism and radicalism sweeping the region.

The Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, met in Moscow today with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov. They discussed the ongoing meeting in Astana and how best it can contribute to the preparations for the Geneva round of negotiations scheduled for next week. Other issues, such as humanitarian access and UN-Russia cooperation, were also discussed. The meetings were useful and productive.

Following the temporary suspension of UN missions into eastern Mosul earlier this week for security reasons, a new security risk assessment was undertaken and the suspension has now been lifted.

The head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, today sounded the alarm over the lack of information on the situation of some 20,000 internally displaced people on the west bank of the Nile in the north of the country.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) says that its intervention on 11 February against the heavily-armed column of the FPRC (Front Populaire pour la Renaissance de Centrafrique), consisting of approximately 300 combatants and pick-up trucks, took place in an uninhabited area according to rules of engagement. The aim of the operation was to prevent the group from crossing a "line" that had previously been communicated to the belligerents to prevent a major conflict in Bambari that could have had dramatic consequences for civilians.

The African Union (AU), the UN, the European Union (EU) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) have issued a joint statement on the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A new report from the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine shows that survivors of sexual violence committed in the context of the country’s armed conflict are often denied justice and left without adequate care and counselling.
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