Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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13-Jan-2021 00:21:31
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attacks near Bangui by unidentified armed combatants on Central African national defense and security forces, as well as UN peacekeepers. A UN peacekeeper from Rwanda was killed and another injured in today’s attack.

Following this morning’s attack, the UN Mission says that the overall situation remains under control, although tensions are continuing.

Another sad and tragic note from the peacekeeping department: Following an attack today against a UN convoy in Timbuktu, Mali, the Peacekeeping Mission reports that one peacekeeper has died and seven others were injured.

Mali was the subject at the Security Council this morning and Council members heard from Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country. He reiterated that the transition period represents a real opportunity for the country to break out of the vicious circle of political crises followed by coups d'état.

As Ugandans prepare to take part in the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled to take place on January 14, the Secretary-General calls on all national stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in an inclusive, transparent and peaceful manner.

In Ethiopia, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is deeply concerned about the plight of hundreds of thousands of people who have still not received assistance in Tigray more than two and a half months since the conflict began in that region.

The Secretary-General has learned with great sadness of the untimely passing of Malawi’s Minister of Transport and Public Works, Sidik Mia, as well as the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Lingson Belekanyama.

In response to questions about the reports of the execution by lethal injection in the United States of Lisa Montgomery, the Spokesman said that as we have said many times, the Secretary-General stands categorically against the imposition of the death penalty.

In a new report, the International Labour Organization (ILO) says that those working from home need better protection.

The number of outbreaks of “Peste des petits ruminants” – which is known in English as sheep and goat plague - fell by two-thirds in recent years. This, they say, shows the commitment of the international community to combat this highly contagious animal disease and raises hopes of meeting the goal of global eradication by 2030.

Ukraine has become the first Member State to pay its dues in full for 2021.

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