World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Situations In Africa Key Topics For Security Cl

Situations In Africa Key Topics For Security Council In July, President Says

The Security Council will devote a considerable amount of its time this month to various situations on the African continent, and will also spotlight the Council's role in humanitarian crises, the new President of the 15-nation body said today.

Briefing the press on the Council's work programme for the month of June, Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece said that once again a large number of African issues would be at the forefront of the discussions.

Earlier today, the Council had been briefed on the situation in the Central African Republic, and the members' main concerns following successful elections in that country were respect for human rights, institution-building, restructuring of the national military forces and economic reconstruction, Ambassador Vassilakis said.

On 11 July, the Council would discuss the situation in Ethiopia and Eritrea, including exploring every option help the Horn of Africa nations break their ongoing boundary deadlock, including a Council mission to the region.

Later in the month the Council would also hear an oral briefing on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which demanded urgent attention as preparations were underway for the holding of elections - the first to take place in the country in over 40 years, Ambassador Vassilakis said.

On 14 June, the Council was set to address the situation in Somalia, he said, adding that there was an impasse regarding the Somali Government's relocation, which was causing concern. There was a need for dialogue among the country's leaders, in order to ensure that their location plan was implemented and that the country's reconstruction was allowed to begin.

On the 22nd, the Council would be briefed by the head of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) Jan Pronk, hopefully along with a representative from the African Union (AU). Ambassador Vassilakis said the situation in Sudan's western Darfur region remained worrying political will to move forward on both political and humanitarian fronts.

Concerning the Middle East, Council members would hear the regular monthly report by Alvaro de Soto, in his first briefing to the Council in his capacity as Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority. Also coming due was the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

On 12 July, Greece's Foreign Minister was expected to head up a public meeting on Security Council's role in humanitarian crises. Ambassador Vassilakis said that Greece expected the discussion to focus on how, in maintaining peace and security, the Council tried to break the conflict cycle and prevent situations from deteriorating further.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>


Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC