Ukraine, Israel, Myanmar, Syria & Other Topics - Daily Press Briefing

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03-Jan-2023 00:46:54
Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Good afternoon and Happy New Year everyone. From Ukraine, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that attacks intensified during the New Year holiday, causing multiple civilian casualties, including among children and journalists, in several parts of the country.

We’ve been asked recently about the new Government in Israel and we can say the following:
The Secretary-General looks forward to continuing to work closely with the new Government of Israel to advance the work of the United Nations.

We’ve been asked for a comment on the sentencing of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and I can say that the Secretary-General expresses his deep concern over the final verdicts and sentencing of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and reiterates his calls for her immediate release and that of President Win Myint and of all arbitrarily detained prisoners in Myanmar.

In a statement issued yesterday, UN humanitarian leaders urged Security Council members to preserve the cross-border aid lifeline to north-west Syria, warning that without it, millions of people, especially those displaced for years and multiple times, will not have access to food and shelter.

In response to questions we have been receiving, we can confirm that on 31 December, UNIFIL’s Maritime Task Force assisted the Lebanese Armed Forces-Navy with a search and rescue operation relating to a boat in distress off the northern coast, between Beirut and Tripoli.

Over the weekend, we issued a statement in which the Secretary-General welcomed the announcement by the President of Colombia of the six-month ceasefire with armed groups, a development that brings renewed hope for comprehensive peace to the Colombian people as the New Year dawns.

And I just want to flag that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has a new senior leadership team which took office on 1 January 2023.

While we had no briefings last week, we still received some payments to the regular budget.

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