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Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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In a statement, the Secretary-General said that he is greatly concerned over yesterday’s firing of rockets within the UN Interim Force in Lebanon’s (UNIFIL) area of operations from the area of Al-Hinniyah, in the vicinity of Tyr, towards Israel, which is a serious violation of resolution 1701 (2006). The Secretary-General notes the retaliatory mortar attacks by the Israel Defense Forces in Lebanon in the area of Zibqin. UNIFIL is investigating the circumstances of the incident in cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israel Defense Forces.

Over the weekend, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the Special Envoy for Yemen, briefed the press in Geneva on the talks that were held in Switzerland among the Yemeni parties. He noted that, unfortunately, there were numerous violations of the cessation of hostilities, which affected the progress of the talks. Despite this, the parties made serious progress through identifying a framework for negotiations towards a comprehensive settlement, in addition to defining a set of relevant confidence-building measures relating to prisoner release, improved social services and improving the flow of humanitarian aid to Taizz and other Yemeni governorates. The participants likewise agreed to a negotiating framework for a comprehensive agreement to end the conflict.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, briefed the Security Council, this morning, on the Secretary-General’s latest report on the country.

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) says that on 19 December, its attack helicopters destroyed an Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) camp near Eringeti, in Beni territory, North Kivu.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its partners are urging Hungary to refrain from policies and practices promoting intolerance, and fear and fuelling xenophobia against refugees and migrants.

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