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Congo: attaccata base Onu, è strage di caschi blu, 15 morti e più di 50 feriti

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Almeno 15 uomini dei caschi blu dell’Onu sono rimasti uccisi in un violentissimo attacco, avvenuto lo scorso 7 dicembre nella provincia del Kivu Nord, nella Repubblica democratica del Congo. Il numero dei feriti è ancora da stabilire, stando alle dichiarazioni rilasciate dal direttore delle operazioni dell’ONU, Ian Sinclair, sarebbero circa 53 uomini. Sinclair ha inoltre identificato la provenienza delle vittime, erano soldati della Tanzania. Il segretario generale ONU, Antonio Guterres definisce l’attacco come “il peggiore della storia recente”.

Il Consiglio di Sicurezza ha condannato con forza l’”efferato attacco”, ribadendo il proprio pieno sostegno nei confronti delle istituzioni della missione di pace. ”Questi attacchi intenzionali contro le forze di pace delle Nazioni Unite sono inaccettabili e costituiscono un crimine di guerra” ha detto il Segretario generale António Guterres, aggiungendo: “condanno questo attacco in modo inequivocabile.”

Inoltre, esortando le autorità della RDC a indagare sull’incidente e a portare rapidamente i colpevoli alla giustizia, il capo delle Nazioni Unite ha sottolineato: “non ci deve essere impunità per tali assalti, qui o in qualsiasi altro luogo.”

Sebbene non si abbiano ancora certezze sui responsabili, in queste ore si sta indagando su quanto accaduto. Un comunicato della “Monusco” ha riferito che ad attaccare sono stati “sospetti elementi delle Allied Democratic Force(ADF)”. Il riferimento è nei confronti di un gruppo di ribelli attivi , sin dagli anni novanta, nelle zone tra Congo e Uganda. Il loro obbiettivo dichiarato è quello di sconfiggere il presidente dell’Uganda, Yoweri Musuveni, ma attualmente costituisce il maggior pericolo nazionale anche per la Repubblica Democratica del Congo. Inoltre questo gruppo di miliziani, che tuttavia non sarebbe legato alle formazioni Jihadiste africane, si è reso protegonista di diversi attacchi nei confronti dei caschi blu dell’Onu, già in passato. Lo scorso ottobre, infatti, un attacco ad una base operativa, sempre nell’instabile regione del Kivu Nord, ha causato 2 morti e 18 feriti.

Missione Monusco. La missione di pace delle Nazioni Unite in Congo, conosciuta con l’acronimo di Monusco, ha l’obbiettivo di stabilizzare il territorio del paese centroafricano, che per via delle sue caratteristiche, con ampie risorse minerarie, oggi è teatro di contesa tra vari gruppi armati, che negli ultimi anni si sono resi protagonisti di diversi conflitti. La missione, come riportato dal sito ufficiale, è in corso dal 2010.

The UN Deputy secretary general praises Yemen aid Conference pledges

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Al Arabiya’s Talal al-Haj had an interview with the UN Deputy Secretary General, Amina J. Mohammed, who has praised to entire international community to bring a significative help and support to solve the biggest humanitarian crisis in the Middle-Area. Indeed, apart from Syria, Libya and Iraq, in Yemen, as the General Secretary of UN reported, Antonio Guteress “we are witnessing the starving and clipping of an entire generation”. The UN Deputy General Secretary has reminded all States in the international community to give their supports, as they should have done during the Yemen Aid Conference. In addition to this dramatic situation, yemeni people have concluded their “march for bread”, which lasted the entire week, starting from Sana’a Capital to Hudaydah Port, in order to make declare this port as humanitarian area and to allow supplies and aid assistances to be able at arriving and being spread out to needy people.

UN Security Council Discusses the Libyan Crisis

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Widespread conflicts could return to Libya, yet the Libyan agreement could be amended to overcome the current political impasse, according to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. UN SecretaryGeneral recalled the importance to reach, as soon as possible, an agreement to stop current Libyan evolution toward an other civil war. UNSMIL responsable (United Nations Support in Libya), Martin Kobler, suggested the UN increases its support to the security, economy and political process in the country as means to put an end to the Libyan crisis. He also recalled that a large part of Libyans still support LPA (Libyan Political Agreement) signed on December 2015. Guterres urged Libyan political fractions to find a consensus to stabilize the country, he also evoked his worries about Human Rights in the coutnry.

UN Secretary-General Guterres meets with Iraqi Kurdish officials

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Iraq’s Kurdistan region, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in Iraqi Kurdistan capital city of Erbil on Thursday to meet with senior Kurdish officials. “A referendum will be held in the near future”, on the Kurdistan Region’s independence, Barzani said during meeting with Guterres as cited by KDP media. There is good military and security cooperation between Peshmerga and Iraqi forces which resulted in huge victories”, he added. Guterres reportedly expressed the U.N.’s support for the Kurdistan Region and Iraq to restore peace to areas IS from where IS was expelled. Guterres said the international community “has not done enough” to help the Kurdistan Region in sheltering internally displaced people.

The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) condemns UN for removing report on Israel apartheid

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The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) condemned the UN for revoking a report accusing Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on Palestinians. “Instead of succumbing to political blackmail or allowing itself to be censured or intimidated by external parties, the UN should condemn the acts described in the report and hold Israel responsible”, said PLO Executive Committee member HananAshrawi on Saturday. She also called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take real conscience of the situation, including the precedent cases of human rights and international law’s violations.

Guterres: the US decision to block a former Palestinian PM was a serious mistake

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that the US decision to block a former Palestinian prime minister from leading the UN political mission in Libya was “a serious mistake”. Washington blocked the proposed appointment of Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister from 2007 to 2013, a week ago. It said it was acting to support its ally, Israel. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Guterres said: “I believe that it’s essential for everybody to understand that people serving the UN are serving in their personal capacities. They don’t represent a country or a government”. Guterres said that Fayyad “was the right person in the right place at the right time” Palestinians condemned the decision. US ambassador Nikki Haley announced she was blocking the appointment because “for too long, the UN has been unfairly biased in favour of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel”. Palestine Liberation Organisation executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi dismissed the “flimsy excuse” for a move she described as “unconscionable”. “Blocking the appointment of Dr Salam Fayyad is a case of blatant discrimination on the basis of national identity”, she said. Fayyad had been tapped to replace Martin Kobler of Germany, who has been the Libya envoy since November 2015.

Guterres expressed his full support to Cheikh Ahmed (UN envoy to Yemen)

During a joint press conference in Riyadh with Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir, UN Secretary-General Guterres expressed his full support to UN evnvoy to Yemen Cheikh Ahmed. He also underlined the key role of the Kingdom in guarantee the stability of the region and fight terrorism.

UN chief met Deputy premier and Minister of Interior ,who praised UN efforts to achieve global peace and stability, and Minister of Defense, who discussed latest developments in Middle East (in particular in Syria and Yemen).

Al-Jubeir talked also about the situation in Yemen and the good relations between the Kingdom and the US.

Guterres denies that the UN is biased on Israeli-Palestinian issues

On monday U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he believed former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad was the right person to be the world body’s envoy to Libya after the United States raised objections to the choice. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has expressed disappointment over Guterres’s choice, saying the United Nations had for too long been “unfairly biased in favour of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel”. “It is a loss for the Libyan peace process and for the Libyan people that I am not able to appoint him” Guterres said at the World Government Summit in Dubai. “I do not think there is any valid reason to avoid someone who is very competent to do a job that is extremely important” he said, adding that ending the Libyan conflict was in “everybody’s interest.” It is unclear whether the U.S. objection has ended Fayyad’s candidacy. Guterres declined to answer questions when approached by Reuters immediately after his comments. Guterres dismissed the accusation that the United Nations is biased on Israeli-Palestinian issues and said the body’s only loyalty was to its charter.

UN Secretary Guterres: “Saudi’s stability is a model for the pursuit of change and growth”

During his first visit to Saudi Arabia, the UN Secretary General Guterres said “Saudi’s stability is a model for the pursuit of change and growth”. He also added that the cooperation between the Kingdom and the United States is key to fight terrorism. To what concern the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Guterres expressed the necessity that yemeni parties don’t take advantage of humanitarian aid. On the other hand Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Jubeir remembered the 70 agreements which the Kingdom made with Houthis and ex-President Saleh and that were never implement. Nevertheless the Kingdom will continue send humanitarian aid to Yemen.

Trump about the choice of Salam Fayyed as the new UN special envoy to Libya

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The Trump administration in Washington has objected to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ choice of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyed as the new UN special envoy to Libya on grounds that he is Palestinian. “For too long the UN has been unfairly biased in favour of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel,” complained Nikki Haley, the new US ambassador to the UN appointed by President Donald Trump. It is not clear if the objection will scupper Fayyad’s appointment. Fayyad would be Guterres’ personal representative but his appointment as Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) requires Security Council approval. The US could veto it. A spokesman for Guterres said today that choosing Fayyad was “solely based on Mr Fayyad’s recognised personal qualities and his competence for that position”.

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