Secretary-General/Travels, Gaza, Cuba & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.


The Secretary-General is wrapping up his travels in Mongolia, as he prepares to visit the Republic of Korea tomorrow.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that the Erez crossing is open for pedestrians and the Kerem Shalom crossing is open for goods for the second day, as before the escalation.  

In Cuba, the UN team on the ground is providing support to authorities to address the impacts of the fire that broke out in the province of Matanzas on August 5, followed by multiple explosions of fuel tankers.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) continues to support the national authorities to strengthen security and justice and accountability in the country.  

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) joins the South Sudanese Government in expressing grave concern over reports that four officers from the rebel South Sudan People’s Movement/Army (SSPM/A) have been summarily executed in Mayom County, Unity State, in the north of the country. 

In response to questions from media, we want to clarify the authorship of the final report by the Panel of Experts of the Sanctions Committee on Mali, which is due to be published today. The report is not a MINUSMA report. This document is drafted by independent experts appointed under Resolution 2590 (2021).

And, just to clarify, related to a question raised yesterday, there was no discount built into the Black Sea Grain Initiative agreement that was signed in Istanbul. Furthermore, we are not aware of any other agreement that would guarantee such a discount.