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Somalia, United States, Yemen & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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In a statement issued today, the Secretary-General welcomed the holding of peaceful presidential elections in Somalia on 15 May and congratulated Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on his election as the 10th Federal President of Somalia. 

In a statement issued last night, the Secretary-General said that he was appalled by the killing of 10 people in a vile act of racist violent extremism in Buffalo, New York, on 14 May. 

The United Nations welcome the first commercial international flight from Sana’a airport in six years. 

The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, has wrapped up his visit to Kenya, where he saw the devastating impact of the fourth consecutive failed rainy season in the Horn of Africa. 

The Secretary-General is closely following developments in Nigeria’s Sokoto State, where tensions are high following the murder of a female Christian student on May 12th for alleged blasphemous statements.  

The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) strongly condemns the surge in criminal incidents in the past two weeks. The Mission is engaging with the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan, and has also reached out to the Paramount Chiefs of Ngok Dinka and the Misseriya Community. 

From Myanmar, the World Food Programme (WFP) says its food and nutrition aid has reached 2.1 million people during the first quarter of this year. WFP hopes to reach at least 4 million of the most food insecure and vulnerable people in the country this year, subject to the availability of resources and access to those in need.  

Today is the Day of Vesak. In his message, the Secretary-General said this year, Vesak arrives at a moment of multiplying crises – from an unequal recovery from COVID-19, to the punishing effects of climate change, to conflicts, divisions and violence. It is also the International Day of Living together in peace, which is all about accepting differences and having the ability to listen to, recognize, respect and appreciate others. 

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