SdeM: Good evening. You heard many valid comments so I will try to be short and to address nine, but specific points.
The first one is definitely our gratitude, and I think everyone has said it, to his Excellency the President of Kazakhstan for arranging, supporting and making sure that this Astana process goes on. We are quite impressed, frankly.
Second, we want to put on record our appreciation for the persistence of the guarantors, there has been a lot of very intense, long discussions, but they have been producing outcomes.
I last briefed the Security Council after the 7th round of the Intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, which concluded on the 14th of July. Since then, we have been active in a range of diplomatic efforts and continuing contacts. I have recently held high-level consultations in Tehran and Paris, and my Deputy Special Envoy, Ambassador Ramzy, was earlier in Moscow and is currently in Saudi Arabia. Contacts are continuing with other actors as we seek to lay the ground for further rounds of talks that bring the parties into a genuine negotiation.
SdeM: Hello everybody, good to see you, as you know for logistical reasons we are having it here, there is no other opportunity.
Press conference of Ms. Catherine Marchi-Uhel, Head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011
Mesdames et messieurs de la presse,
La réforme des opérations de maintien de la paix, la coopération des Nations Unies avec l’Union africaine et les menaces posées par les actes terroristes, notamment sur la sécurité aérienne, seront au menu des travaux du Conseil de sécurité pour le mois de septembre, a annoncé devant la presse, cet après-midi, le Représentant permanent de l’Éthiopie, M. Tekeda Alemu, dont le pays préside, ce mois-ci, l’organe chargé du maintien de la paix et de la sécurité internationales.