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Daily Press Briefing (10 January 2012)
10 Jan 2012 -  By the Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General.

Elements of the Noon Briefing:

I have a statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the bomb attack in Pakistan.
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attack in the town of Jamrud in the northwest of Pakistan that left dozens of people dead and many wounded, including children. He extends his heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and reiterates the continued solidarity of the United Nations with the people and Government of Pakistan in their continuing efforts to confront terrorism and extremism.

This morning Under-Secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe briefed the Security Council in closed consultations.
This afternoon the Security Council will hold closed consultations on Children and Armed Conflict. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, will brief Council members. 

This afternoon, the Secretary-General will address the Economic and Social Council, or ECOSOC.
He is expected to stress the instrumental role of ECOSOC in achieving the five global imperatives he set out last year, including sustainable development and supporting nations in transition.
ECOSOC will elect its President and other members of its Bureau for 2012.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that the assessment of the situation in South Sudan’s Jonglei state is continuing. A humanitarian team is in Pibor today to set up a response hub.
The Office says that the areas that need to be accesses are extremely remote and can only be reached by air. Delivering aid by air is more expensive than by road and the Office is calling on donors to contribute to the appeal already launched for South Sudan. As you know, it is currently financed to about eight per cent.
And the High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, who is wrapping up his visit to South Sudan today, has said that without international help the country would not be able to respond to the multiple crises it faces and could see a humanitarian disaster of enormous proportions.

The Libyan Government and the United Nations signed a Status of Mission Agreement in Tripoli, today. 
The agreement lays out the rights, responsibilities and procedures for both signatories, concerning the deployment, presence and safety of Mission operations and personnel.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ian Martin, welcomed the speedy manner in which the agreement was reached. He said it underscored the strong collaboration and trust between Libyan authorities and the United Nations. Mr. Martin said the Mission and the UN system would continue to assist the Libyan Interim Government and Libyans in restoring public order, extending state authority and in promoting and protecting the human rights of all Libyans.

At 12:30 tomorrow, Mourad Medelci, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria, will hold a press conference here to discuss the Presidency of the G77+China, as well as the political, economic and social situation in Algeria.

I was asked yesterday about the case concerning some of Uruguay’s peacekeepers in the UN Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH.
I can tell you that the United Nations is actively engaging the Haitian government in trying to facilitate efforts by the Uruguayan authorities to conduct interviews of Haitian nationals, including the alleged victim, in support of the judicial proceeding currently under way in Uruguay.
To that effect, MINUSTAH has addressed a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs to formally request the cooperation of the Haitian government and has been following up frequently to make the necessary connections between the victim and the investigators.
The United Nations urges the Haitian authorities' cooperation in that respect, to allow for the completion of the ongoing judicial process and full accountability.
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