Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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30-Mar-2021 00:29:36
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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At a General Assembly session this morning on Syria, the Secretary-General said that over the last ten unrelenting years, the people of Syria have endured some of the gravest crimes the world has witnessed this century.

And earlier in the day, on Syria as well, the Secretary-General addressed – by pre-recorded video message -the fifth Brussels conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”.

In the Security Council, Bintou Keita, the head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, briefed council members.

In the Central African Republic, the Peacekeeping Mission there, known as MINUSCA, said that the re-elected President Faustin Archange Touadera was today sworn in for a second term in a ceremony at the Parliament.

Today, from Mozambique, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that sporadic fighting was still being reported from Palma, in northern Mozambique.

In response to questions on Côte d’Ivoire, the Spokesman said that the Secretary-General condemns yesterday’s attack on Ivorian security posts in Kafolo and Tehini, near the border with Burkina Faso, which left several Ivorian security personnel dead and wounded.

In Zimbabwe, the World Food Programme says it is warning that hunger is peaking in urban Zimbabwe as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is felt across the nation.

UNHCR is providing thousands of relief items and medical supplies to assist some 48,000 Rohingya refugees who lost their shelters and belongings in the fire, which devastated parts of Cox’s Bazar refugee camp last week.

COVAX-backed vaccines arrived in Guyana and Kosovo.

And tomorrow, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) will be guests at the Noon Briefing.

In the past couple of days, payments from Botswana, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, Portugal and the Republic of Moldova, bring us up to 82 fully paid-up Member States.

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