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Daily Press Briefing (22 February 2012)
22 Feb 2012 -  By the Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General.

Elements of the Noon Briefing:


The Secretary-General has arrived in London.
About now he is meeting Andrew Mitchell, the British Secretary of State for International Development.
The Secretary-General will also be meeting Nabil Elaraby, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, to discuss developments in Syria and the way forward, including the appointment of a special envoy to handle the crisis.
In the meantime, the Secretary-General has asked Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, to visit Syria to assess the humanitarian situation and renew the call for urgent humanitarian access.
The Secretary-General has had or will have further bilateral meetings in London, and we will provide readouts. Tomorrow, as you know, the Secretary-General will take part in the London Conference on Somalia.


This morning the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the expansion of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to 17,731 uniformed personnel, as well as to put AMISOM on a predictable financial footing through the enhancement of the United Nations Logistical Support Package.
In addition, UN Legal Counsel Patricia O’Brien and Yuri Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), briefed the Council on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.
This afternoon, the Special Representative for Timor-Leste, Ameerah Haq will brief the Council on developments there.


Pursuant to the terms of the Annex to Security Council resolution 1757 (2007), the Secretary-General has decided to extend the mandate of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon for a period of three years from 1 March 2012. In doing so, the Secretary-General reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to the efforts of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to uncover the truth regarding the terrorist attack that took the lives of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others so as to bring those responsible to justice and send a message that impunity will not be tolerated.


In a statement, Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said that today’s announcement by Israel to approve a large number of new units deep inside the occupied Palestinian territory in the settlement of Shilo and retroactively legitimize hundreds in a nearby outpost is deplorable and moves us further away from the goal of a two-State solution.
Mr. Serry noted that the Secretary-General reiterated the United Nations' well known position that settlement activity is illegal, contrary to Israel’s obligations under the Road Map and will not be recognized by the international community, during his recent visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. 


I have four new appointments by the Secretary-General to announce. They are:
Kate Gilmore of Australia as one of the two Deputy Executive Directors of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).  Ms. Gilmore will succeed Purnima Mane.
Ms. Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  Ms. Bahous will replace Amat Alsoswa.
Jens Wandel of Denmark as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of Management at the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  Mr. Wandel will replace Akiko Yuge.
Ayşe Cihan Sultanoğu of Turkey as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States at the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  Ms. Sultanoğu will replace Kori Udovicki.
We have more information on these appointments in my office.
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