Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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24-May-2018 00:19:03
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Today in Geneva, the Secretary-General said he regretted the cancellation of the planned meeting between the President of the United States and the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and urged the parties to continue their dialogue to find a path towards the peaceful and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The Secretary-General will spend Peacekeepers’ Day, Tuesday, 29 May, in Bamako, Mali, with troops and personnel from the UN Mission in the country, MINUSMA.

The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, today released US$30 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund to urgently scale-up relief efforts in the Sahel, where an acute drought, combined with exceptionally high food prices and worsening insecurity have escalated humanitarian needs.

This afternoon, the Deputy Secretary-General will depart New York for Geneva, Switzerland, to participate in the 14th Seminar for current Special and Personal Representatives and Envoys of the Secretary-General, which will be held in Mont Pèlerin.

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, Michel Kafando, briefed the Security Council on Burundi this morning.

The African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur today expressed deep concern about recent attacks on three internally displaced persons camps in Central Darfur state, which took place between 21 and 23 May and resulted in a number of fatalities and injuries among IDPs.

The United Nations in Afghanistan today welcomed the release in Kabul of a colleague and her child held hostage since January, while expressing outrage at their abduction and the earlier murder of another colleague who was also seized during the same incident.

Ján Kubiš, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, strongly condemned the suicide bomb attack that took place in Baghdad yesterday.

Today, the Humanitarian Fund for the occupied Palestinian territory announced the release of $3.9 million to address urgent water, sanitation, shelter and protection needs.

The humanitarian community in Libya is perturbed by the continued lack of humanitarian access and assistance into Derna despite repeated requests. Humanitarian workers have not been allowed to deliver life-saving assistance to Derna, such as supplies to support medical facilities and other basic services, as well as to provide food and other items to those in need. Shortages in medicine and medical supplies are reaching critical levels and the first food shortages are being reported.

Today at UN headquarters, Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, is meeting jointly with Nikos Kotzias, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, and Nikola Dimitrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
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