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Daily Press Briefing (14 November 2011)
14 Nov 2011 -  By the Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

Elements of the Noon Briefing

Immediately after my briefing, Nihal Saad, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly will be here to brief you.

The Secretary-General arrived in Bangladesh yesterday evening. This morning, he met with the Foreign Minister and senior Government officials before opening the Climate Vulnerable Forum with the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina.
He told participants that climate change is a global problem requiring a global solution. We are in the middle of a serious economic crisis, he said. But even in these difficult times, we cannot afford delay.
Later, he held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister and they jointly inaugurated the “One Stop Service Centre,” an e-governance initiative. He said at that event that Digital Bangladesh is becoming a reality, adding that modern electronic systems have replaced century-old, heavily bureaucratic manual administrative practices.
The Secretary-General also met with Khaleda Zia, the leader of the opposition, and he also visited the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research.

This morning the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Abou Moussa briefed the Security Council on the situation in the Central African region. He also delivered the Secretary-General’s report on the Lord’s Resistance Army and on the Activities of the United Nations Office for Central Africa.
Mr Moussa reported that the establishment of the United Nations Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) underscored the willingness of Central African leaders to find appropriate solutions to the conflicts that have affected a number of countries in the sub-region in the past.
He identified a number of key challenges facing the sub-region, including cross border security and the activities of armed groups such as the Lord’s Resistance Army, the circulation of small arms and light weapons, and drugs and human trafficking. He also noted that piracy in the region remains of great concern.
This afternoon the Council will meet in closed consultations on Myanmar.

Quartet Envoys and Quartet Representative Tony Blair met separately in Jerusalem today with representatives of the parties. Those meetings followed up on the Quartet statement from 23 September 2011 and the meetings from 26 October 2011.
Envoys continued to encourage the parties to resume direct bilateral negotiations without delay or preconditions. They discussed with the parties their development of proposals on territory and security in the context of the shared commitment to direct talks on the basis of the Quartet statement of 23 September 2011.
Envoys called upon the parties to create a conducive environment for restarting talks and urged the parties to refrain from provocative actions.
Envoys will remain in close contact with each other and the parties and intend to have a follow-on meeting in December.

Robert Watkins, the acting Special Coordinator for Lebanon, met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati today. He noted the overall stability in southern Lebanon in recent weeks, as well as progress in marking the Blue Line.
At the same time, he expressed concern about the security of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). And he also voiced concern about border management issues, particularly on the border with Syria, where a number of incursions of the Syrian military into Lebanese territory have been noted.
His remarks to the press following his meeting with the Prime Minister are available online.
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