As Delivered, 8 February 2018, Abuja, Nigeria
Honourable Minister and other representatives of the Government of Nigeria,
Distinguished Ambassadors and Member State representatives,
Esteemed members of the press,
Ladies and gentlemen.
As all those present are aware, yesterday was a day of tumultuous eventsthat generated significant media coverage from you all and therefore today is extremely helpful – for us and also for you I hope - to provide some clarity as there has been a great deal of confusion and misinformation.
I am not here to elaborate on the incident, as His Excellency has already done this. I and the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon, have been working with the Government of Nigeria, our hosts, to resolve the issue.
Bangui, 17 May 2017 – Bangui, 17 May 2017 – On 13 May, the assault on Bangassou, South-East of the Central African Republic has resulted in more than 3,000 displaced people in need of emergency humanitarian assistance. The humanitarian community quickly responded and has been able to ship supplies to meet the most critical and urgent needs. Displaced persons who are in deplorable psychological conditions have been deprived of food and potable water since the attack.