Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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03-May-2021 00:24:33
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General has been following developments along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border with concern. He extends his condolences for the lives lost in the clashes last week and wishes a speedy recovery for those involved.

On El Salvador, we are also following that situation very closely. The Secretary-General takes note of the concerns expressed regarding the procedures used in the dismissal of the members of the constitutional chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice and its impact on the system of checks and balances in El Salvador.

The Secretary-General will deliver remarks today to a special session of the General Assembly in memory of late President Idriss Déby of Chad.

Today is World Press Freedom Day, and this year’s theme is “Information as a Public Good”.

In relation to press freedom, the UN country team in Myanmar calls for the immediate release of dozens of journalists who are still detained more than three months after the military seized control of the Government.

In India, the UN team is supporting authorities to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including by addressing misinformation. Our team is working to promote the Secretary-General’s Verified campaign, which was launched last year to deliver trusted information and life-saving advice.

Turning to the Central African Republic, over the weekend, the UN Mission in that country has deployed engineering materials and equipment in the capital, Bangui, to repair electrical towers and cables damaged during a rainstorm on 23 April, which caused a power outage. The water supply was also impacted by the power outage and our colleagues at the peacekeeping mission provided a generator to help ensure access to water.

Today marks the end of the 12th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The virus re-emerged in North Kivu, in February, nine months after the previous outbreak in the same province was declared over.

In a statement issued over the weekend on Somalia, the Secretary-General welcomed the decision of the Lower House of the Federal Parliament in Somalia to nullify the “Special Law on Federal Elections” and return to the electoral modalities outlined in the 17 September Electoral Agreement.

In another statement issued over the weekend, the Secretary-General condemned the suicide attack in Puli-e-Alam in Afghanistan, that took place on Friday, 30 April.

At 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, the Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China, Ambassador Zhang Jun, will be here to brief you in his capacity as President of the Security Council for the month of May. Tomorrow, at 11:00 a.m., there will be a press briefing here by the President of the General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir.

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