New York, 16 Feb 2017- Six women and a girl were killed and dozens of people were wounded as a result of an alleged airstrike, which hit a funeral in the Arhab district of Sana’a Governorate yesterday afternoon.
Q: How do you “evaluate” these talks and how do you tell that you have achieved a mutual understanding on particular questions.
SdM: I had a very useful intense meeting with Minister Shoygu and his team. The main points were the Astana discussions at the moment and then the Geneva discussions taking place next week.
The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
I also want to flag that the Government of Kenya has declared the current drought affecting more than 23 counties a national disaster.
A preliminary assessment indicates that the number of food insecure across Kenya has doubled from 1.3 million in August 2016 to 2.7 million — with a rainfall deficit of up to 75 per cent in north-western and coastal areas.
President of the Security Council: Good after noon, we had a very substantial and quite long discussion this morning on several issues, starting with Syria followed by Iran and then the situation in Ukraine. I wanted to make sure that I was able to stand here now next to Staffan de Mistura, the Special Envoy as token of support for the work that the UN is doing on Syria. There will be I believe a more extensive press statement made later on today that Council members are still working on.
New York - The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed condemns in the strongest terms the attack on the De-escalation and Coordination Committee building in Dhahran Al-Janoub.