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Sudan Humanitarian, Sudan/Central African Republic, Sudan United Nations Personnel & other topics - Daily Press Briefing
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Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

In a joint statement issued today, members of the Trilateral Mechanism – which brings together the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, otherwise known as IGAD, and the United Nations – as well as the Quad countries, which are the US, the UK, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, welcomed the announcement by the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces to extend the current ceasefire for an additional 72 hours and they called for its full implementation.   

Also related to Sudan, our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that, according to our partners, some 3,000 people have crossed the Sudanese border into northern Central African Republic and are living in spontaneous settlements. Local authorities are exploring the possibility of relocating them in Birao, far from the border region. Our colleagues say that more people are expected to arrive in the country. 

Last night, we issued a statement in which the Secretary-General expressed his thanks to the Government of France for the vital assistance in safely transporting more than 400 UN personnel and their dependents out of Sudan. He also thanked the many other Member States who have assisted in ensuring the safe transport of UN personnel. 

In South Sudan, our peacekeeping Mission there reports that upon a request from the World Food Programme (WFP), peacekeepers recently provided protective escorts to 50 trucks, in response to recent attacks on humanitarian convoys on the main supply routes in the Greater Jonglei Area. 

The acting Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Matthew Hollingworth condemned a wave of deadly airstrikes earlier today that killed and injured dozens of civilians across the country. Houses and other vital infrastructure were also destroyed.  
He stressed that these indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas must stop.  

The UN refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration are concerned about the situation in Tacna, in the southern part of the country, where refugees and migrants have been stranded, in many cases without food, without water, without shelter or healthcare for three months now.  

Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This Day promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.  

On Monday, at 12.30 p.m., the President of the Security Council for the month of May, Ambassador Pascale Baeriswyl, the Permanent Representative of Switzerland, will brief reporters on Switzerland’s first presidency ever of the Security Council.