Virtual Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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14-Aug-2020 00:33:54
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the condition of the Safer oil tanker moored off the western coast of Yemen.

We are asking today for $565 million to help the people of Lebanon move from immediate lifesaving humanitarian relief to recovery and reconstruction and eventually towards longer-term economic recovery, following the Beirut Port explosions.

The Secretary-General continues to follow the situation in Belarus very closely.

In a statement yesterday on the joint statement issued by the US President, Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, which suspends Israeli annexation plans over parts of the occupied West Bank – this is something the Secretary-General has consistently called for.

On Syria, the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for that country, Imran Riza, has expressed concern and alarm over the recent deaths of eight children under the age of five last week in Al Hol camp in northeast Syria.

On Cameroon, we have seen recent reports of serious human rights violations and abuses in that country, including a shocking video allegedly showing the brutal murder of a young woman in Muyuka in the South-West.

On the situation in South Sudan’s Tonj region: UN peacekeepers have carried out patrols to deter a fresh outbreak of violence in the town, where they set up a temporary operating base, as well as the nearby villages of Ameth and Mabior-Yar.

Turning to Nigeria, the Humanitarian Coordinator for that country, Edward Kallon, said yesterday that Nigeria – in particular the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe – is facing unprecedented challenges.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as more people are impacted by conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for additional support to reduce food insecurity.

We are deeply concerned about the armed violence and escalating conflict in the Mozambique Province of Cabo Delgado, including in Mocímboa da Praia, and the dire human rights and humanitarian situation that the violence is creating.

An update on our efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic from Guatemala, where there are more than 60,000 confirmed cases and nearly 2,300 deaths: The UN team, led by the Resident Coordinator, Rebeca Arias, is working closely with local authorities.

Our friends at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Migration Agency (IOM) said that they are troubled by a proposal to intercept boats and return those attempting to cross the English Channel irregularly.

The UN team in the Pacific region, led by our Resident Coordinator Sanaka Samarasinha in Fiji, is organizing a virtual concert called “Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together.”

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