Daily Press Briefing (04 January 2012)
By the Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General.
Elements of the Noon Briefing:
PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY
Following this briefing, Ambassador Baso Sangqu of South Africa, who is the President of the Security Council for January, will outline the Council's programme of work for the month.
The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, is in Khartoum today. She met with the Sudanese Minister for Social Welfare, Mrs. Amira Al Fadil, and they discussed with her the situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
In a statement to the press, Ms. Amos said that the Government and her Office had agreed to share information and data on the humanitarian situation in the two states. She said a mechanism would be established to ensure continuous dialogue between the Government and the United Nations to resolve any misunderstanding or differences with respect to the data and information on the situation.
Ms. Amos also said that the Government of Sudan recognized the need to ensure that the UN's capacity is made up of a mix of national and international staff to ensure the appropriate skill sets.
She noted that she would continue to discuss ways to reach people in areas held by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North , the SPLM-N. She also said that the Government and the UN shared the view that a long term political solution which delivers peace to the people of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states was needed.
The full press statement from Ms. Amos is available online.
The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler, met with President, Jalal Talabani, in the Iraqi Kurdistan region today.
In his meetings with the President and other senior officials, Mr. Kobler discussed the latest political developments in Iraq, including the recent political tensions.
He also urged Iraqi political parties and leaders to work together in the spirit of partnership towards finding a common ground to resolve their differences.
The press release from the mission is available online and in my office.
The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities today discussed their upcoming meeting with the Secretary-General from the 22nd to the 24th of this month at the Greentree Estate in Long Island. And that was at a meeting today.
The leaders will meet again on Monday, the 9th of January.