Mali, Republic of Korea & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (12 August 2022)

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Highlights:

– Secretary-General/Mali

– Secretary-General/Travels

– Black Sea Grain Initiative

– Cuba

– Colombia

– Haiti

– Somalia

– Philippines

– International Youth Day

– Noon Briefing Guest Monday

SECRETARY-GENERAL/MALI

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attack against the Malian Armed Forces in Tessit, in Ansongo region, that took place on 7 August. That attack resulted in a high number of casualties and loss of life. He expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the people of Mali, who continue to pay a high price in their continued fight against terrorism. He wishes a swift recovery to those injured.

The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations, including through the peacekeeping mission in Mali, to support efforts aimed at restoring peace and stability in Mali.

SECRETARY-GENERAL/TRAVELS

The Secretary-General is on his way back to New York from the Republic of Korea, and he should be landing late today.

This morning in Seoul, the Secretary-General met with President Yoon Suk Yeol and then with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Park Jin. He thanked the President for his invitation to the Republic of Korea and for the rich discussions they had on non-proliferation, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the NPT Review Conference and climate action, among other topics. In a Tweet, the Secretary-General underscored that the Republic of Korea’s strong commitments are a solid contribution to peace among nations and peace with nature.

BLACK SEA GRAIN INITIATIVE

The UN-chartered vessel Brave Commander is expected to berth shortly at Ukraine’s Yuzhny (Pivdennyi) port to collect Ukrainian wheat purchased by the World Food Programme (WFP). This is the first shipment of humanitarian food assistance under the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

The vessel departed Istanbul on 10 August after clearing the inspection regime by the Joint Coordination Centre. The Brave Commander will discharge its wheat in Djibouti, after clearing the JCC protocols in Istanbul on the outbound trip. The wheat will go to the World Food Programme’s operations in Ethiopia, supporting the Horn of Africa drought response as the threat of famine stalks the drought-hit region.

It is one of many areas around the world where the near complete halt of Ukrainian grain and food on the global market has made life even harder for the families already struggling with rising hunger.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=12%20August%202022

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