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Daily Press Briefing - By the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly
18 Jan 2012 -  By the Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General.

Elements of the Noon Briefing:

This morning the Security Council met in closed consultations to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question.
The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, briefed the Council on the humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. As you know, Ms. Amos just spoke at the Security Council stakeout.

In a little while the Secretary-General will speak to the Stanley Foundation on Responsibility to Protect.
He is expected to say that this fundamental principle of Responsibility to Protect is here to stay.
He’s likely to say that in 2011, history took a turn for the better. Responsibility to Protect came of age; the principle was tested as never before. 
The results were uneven but, at the end of the day, tens of thousands of lives were saved. 
He will note that we also learned lessons about our own limitations and that the nature of the Responsibility to Protect can be a minefield of nuance, political calculation and competing national interests.
And he is expected to call on the international community to not let the pendulum swing back to the past.
We will provide a transcript of his remarks a little later.

The Secretary-General has designated Mr. David Scheffer of the United States as the Special Expert to advise on the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials.  The designation is for an initial period of six months. 
Mr. Scheffer replaces Mr. Clint Williamson, whose term of office expired on 30 September 2011. 
We have more information in my office.

We were asked yesterday about the re-deployment of helicopters from the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The Department for Peacekeeping Operations informs us that 2 military helicopters from the Mission in the DRC should arrive in the next few days. And negotiations are still underway regarding the use of helicopters from the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei.
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