Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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08-Jan-2020 00:14:12
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the crash of a Ukrainian airliner near Tehran today.

Earlier today, we issued a statement from the Secretary-General in which we said that, on Monday, the Secretary-General had made a passionate appeal for peace. His message to world leaders was simple: Stop escalation. Exercise maximum restraint. Re-start dialogue. And renew international cooperation.

Today, the Secretary-General is appointing Lizbeth Cullity of the United States as the new Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, known as MINUSCA.

In Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, more than 4,000 people have died as a result of terrorist attacks last year, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the head of the UN office for West Africa and the Sahel, told members of the Security Council this morning.

Turning to Sudan, the Government and the UN have wrapped up a joint two-day visit to El Geneina in West Darfur, the site of deadly recent intercommunal violence.

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reports that its police component is supporting Central African authorities to carry out investigations, including interviewing victims and witnesses, into clashes late last year between criminal gangs and traders in Banguiā€™s PK5 district that had resulted in dozens of people killed.

Turning to Zambia, our humanitarian colleagues say that a combination of drought in the west and south and floods in the north have increased hunger, with more than 2.3 million people expected to be severely food insecure through March.

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