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Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
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The Secretary-General spoke at the open meeting of the Security Council this morning and expressed his deep concern about the grave dangers facing minorities in parts of the Middle East. At stake are millions of individual lives and the social fabric of entire countries. He warned that right now, thousands of civilians are at the mercy of Da’esh. And he discussed the spreading violence in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, where the bombing of mosques last week has further fuelled sectarian violence.

This morning, the Secretary-General opened the first-ever Chiefs of Defence Conference, which brought together chiefs of defence and senior military officials from more than 100 Member States to discuss issues central to UN peacekeeping.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Johannes Van Der Klaauw, issued a statement from Sana'a today, urging all parties to the conflict in Yemen to show restraint, observe their obligations to protect civilians and allow access for humanitarian assistance to reach those in need.

The newly appointed Special Representative for Iraq, Jẚn Kubiš, arrived today in Baghdad and immediately assumed his responsibilities as the Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

The World Food Programme (WFP) said today that two weeks after cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, food for more than 166,000 people has reached all 22 affected islands.

From the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC): the International Co-Investigating Judge today charged a former Khmer Rouge official, Ao An, with crimes against humanity of murder, extermination and other crimes.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights today welcomed the strong statement by President Arthur Peter Mutharika of Malawi, in which he condemned attacks on people with albinism.

Brunei Darussalam has paid its dues, becoming the sixty-fifth Member-State to pay its contributions in full.

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