Author: npfdpk

Ban ‘profoundly disappointed’ over failed progress on South Sudan peace talks

6 March 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed profound disappointment after the unsuccessful conclusion of peace talks in South Sudan and the failure of President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar to display statesmanship and reach a power-sharing deal. The security situation in the world’s youngest country has deteriorated steadily over the past year since political in-fighting between the two leaders erupted in December 2013. The hostilities subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to bases around the country managed by the UN Missions (UNMISS). Peace talks were being conducted under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), which had also set a 5 March deadline for the conclusion of negotiations between the two parties. A statement issued this afternoon, the UN spokesperson office said that the Secretary-General has reached out to all relevant leaders over the past two days to urge the continuation of negotiations. “He urges both parties to refrain from any attempt to escalate the conflict and reiterates that there can be no military solution or alternative to a negotiated settlement. He appreciates the efforts and vital role played by IGAD and its special envoys in bringing peace to South Sudan. He supports IGAD’s intention to expand the mediation to include other partners,” the office said. The Secretary-General also recalled recent UN Security Council resolution 2206 (2015), and the...

Read More

Security Council condemns use of chemical weapons in Syria

6 March 2015 – The Security Council today adopted a resolution strongly condemning the use of any toxic chemical, such as chlorine, as a weapon in Syria and stressing that those who use such weapons must be held accountable. According to the adopted resolution –put forth by the United States– the Council expressed deep concern that toxic chemicals have been used as a weapon in Syria which was the conclusion with a “high degree of confidence” by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon (OPCW) Fact-Finding Mission. To that end, the Council reiterated that the use of toxic chemicals as a weapon would constitute a violation of Council resolution 2118 (2013). Under the text, the Council recalled its decision that Syria “shall not use, develop, produce, otherwise acquire, stockpile or retain chemical weapons, or, transfer, directly or indirectly, chemical weapons to other States or non-State actors.” Member also reiterated that no party in Syria should use, develop, produce, acquire, stockpile, retain, or transfer chemical weapons. Additionally, the Security Council expressed support for the OPCW Executive Council decision of 4 February 2015 to continue the work of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission, in particular to study all available information relating to allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria. Members welcomed the intention of the OPCW Director-General to include further reports of the Mission as part of his monthly reports...

Read More

Lebanon: UN to boost humanitarian funding to ease Syria crisis burden

6 March 2015 – The continuing influx of refugees fleeing from the Syrian conflict is burdening Lebanon’s infrastructure and economy and threatening the country’s stability, the United Nations humanitarian chief said today. “Lebanon has shown generosity in hosting some 1.2 million refugees from Syria. No country can handle such a burden on its own,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said in a press release issued following her recent visit to the Middle Eastern country. “I hope that in the upcoming Kuwait 3 pledging conference support will be given to Lebanon to assist the Government in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable Lebanese and refugees from Syria.” According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Lebanon is the country with the highest ratio of refugees per capita in the world and is increasingly beleaguered as the Syrian crisis stretches into its fifth year. The country’s public services are overstretched, economic growth has slowed and unemployment is rising. As social tensions grow, OCHA noted, Lebanon “needs international support to maintain its stability.” During her visit to Lebanon, Ms. Amos met with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and assured him that the UN is committed to supporting the country’s stability by scaling up international assistance and implementing the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan, which aims to deliver protection and humanitarian assistance to displaced Syrian families and encourages investment...

Read More

Ban urges restraint after Palestinian leadership suspends security cooperation with Israel

6 March 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concern regarding the 5 March decision by the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Central Council to suspend all forms of security coordination with Israel. The PLO Executive Committee will report on implementation of this decision to the PLO Central Council in three months which still provides a “window of opportunity” for both sides to take necessary actions to honour their obligations, said a statement released by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson this afternoon. The Secretary-General urged both parties to exercise utmost restraint and “reverse unhelpful cycle of actions and counter-actions” and repeated his call on Israel to resume the transfer of tax revenues legally due to the Palestinian Authority as per the Paris Protocol. “In the absence of effective international engagement, the situation may further unravel,” Mr. Ban said, urgently calling on the international community, including the Security Council, to exercise leadership and help create conditions for a negotiated final peace agreement. Such an agreement will have to end the Israeli occupation and realize the creation of a viable Palestinian state, living in peace and security alongside Israel, he...

Read More

UN condemns destruction of Nimrud heritage site in northern Iraq

6 March 2015 – The United Nations agency mandated with protecting cultural heritage around the world today strongly condemned the destruction of the archaeological site of Nimrud in Iraq, deploring such “criminal chaos” as yet another attack against the Iraqi people. “Nothing is safe from the cultural cleansing under way in the country: it targets human lives, minorities, and is marked by the systematic destruction of humanity’s ancient heritage,” Irina Bokova, Director-General at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in a statement released today. “We cannot remain silent. The deliberate destruction of cultural heritage constitutes a war crime,” she said, calling on all political and religious leaders in the region to stand up and remind everyone that “there is absolutely no political or religious justification for the destruction of humanity’s cultural heritage.” All of those who can, especially youth, in Iraq and the wider region, must do everything possible to protect this heritage, to claim it as their own, and as the heritage of the whole of humanity, Ms. Bokova said. She also urged all cultural institutions, museums, journalists, professors, and scientists to share and explain the importance of the Mesopotamian civilization. “We must respond to this criminal chaos that destroys culture with more culture,” Ms. Bokova said, adding that she had alerted president of the Security Council as well as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court....

Read More







Like Us On Facebook