Following are UN Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon's remarks to the Security Council, today, 7 July, in New York:
I thank the Government of Nigeria for
convening this debate, and I commend the Security Council for its continued
engagement on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
The wilful targeting of civilians, disproportionate
attacks, sexual violence, forced displacement and the denial of humanitarian
access remain widespread in armed conflict, often carried out with impunity.
Ongoing or recent events and conditions