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Afghanistan, Mali, Libya & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (22 June 2022)

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Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

– Afghanistan
– Mali
– Libya
– Secretary-General
– Central African Republic
– Yemen
– Middle East
– Sudan
– Ethiopia
– Costa Rica
– Samoa

You will have seen that we just issued a statement in which the Secretary-General said that he is saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life caused by the earthquake which struck Afghanistan earlier today local time near the city of Khost. Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed and injured, and this tragic toll might continue to rise.
The Secretary-General said that his heart goes out to the people of Afghanistan who are already reeling from the impact of years of conflict, economic hardship and hunger. He conveyed his deep condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.
The Secretary-General said that the UN in Afghanistan is fully mobilized and that our teams are already on the ground assessing the needs and providing initial support. He added that we count on the international community to help support the hundreds of families hit by this latest disaster. Now is the time for solidarity, the Secretary-General stressed.
On the humanitarian side, our colleagues tell us that numbers are expected to rise as search and rescue operations continue.
The World Health Organization and several Non-Governmental Organizations are deploying mobile health teams, medicines and medical equipment to Paktika and Khost provinces and mobilizing additional medical supplies. WHO has delivered 100 cartons of emergency medicine to the districts of Barmal and Giyan in Paktika. Inter-agency joint needs assessments will be carried out in both districts in the coming days.
The UN Children’s Fund has deployed at least 12 teams of health workers to the worst-hit Giyan district in Patkika Province, and several mobile health and nutrition teams to Barmal district, also in Paktika and Spera district in Khost Province.
The World Food Programme, along with its humanitarian partners, is conducting a vulnerability assessment mission in the remote areas hit by the earthquake. WFP warned that last night’s earthquake will only add to the already massive needs, including food insecurity for 19 million people.
Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the de facto authorities are responding, including with search and rescue efforts, but heavy rain and wind are hampering efforts with helicopters reportedly unable to land this afternoon.
Those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed are seeking shelter with family and friends, with some reportedly living in the open. The de facto authorities have delivered food and emergency tents to some of these families, but more assistance is required.
Given the unseasonable heavy rains and cold, emergency shelter is an immediate priority. Other immediate needs include emergency trauma care, non-food items, food assistance and water and sanitation hygiene support. And you will have heard from Ramiz Alakbarov, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan who briefed to hours ago.

You will have seen that in a statement we issued earlier this morning, the Secretary-General condemned in the strongest terms recent attacks in Mali.
He said he is shocked and outraged by reports that at least a hundred civilians were killed in attacks over the weekend, reportedly perpetrated by extremist groups against several villages in the Bandiagara region of Central Mali.
He added that he is equally appalled by reports that dozens of civilians were also killed in other attacks by extremist groups in the region of Gao and by the high loss of life and livelihoods in other regions of the country, including in Ménaka where tens of thousands of people have been displaced in recent weeks.
The Secretary-General expresses his deep condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people of Mali.
He calls on the Malian authorities to redouble their efforts to restore peace and stability to Mali and reiterates the readiness of our Peacekeeping Mission there to support these efforts.

The United Nations regrets that several milestones of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) political roadmap, adopted in Tunis in November 2020, were missed over the course of 2021, including the conduct of national elections scheduled for 24 December 2021.
The LPDF roadmap set the expiration of the transitional phase on 22 June, which is today, provided that Presidential and Parliamentary elections are held by then, which has not been the case.
We therefore urge Libyan leaders to refrain from using the date of 22 June as a tool for political manipulation. Instead, we encourage them to redouble their efforts to maintain calm and stability at this critical juncture in Libya’s political transition.

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