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19 Mar 2021 | UN Headquarters
 [scroll down for French version] Ahead of the presidential election in the Republic of the Congo on 21 March, the Secretary-General calls on all stakeholders to work towards a peaceful electoral process.    He stresses the need to respect civil and political rights, notably the right to vote.    He encourages the media and social media users to promote social cohesion, and calls on all stakeholders to refrain from hate speech or incitement to violence and resolve any disputes through dialogue and legal channels.   
24 Feb 2021 | UN Headquarters
Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General Following the consultations conducted on behalf of the Secretary-General by a senior UN official, Ms. Jane Holl Lute, over the past several months, the Secretary-General intends to convene an informal five-plus-one meeting on the Cyprus issue in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27 to 29 April 2021. The purpose of the meeting will be to determine whether common ground exists for the parties to negotiate a lasting solution to the Cyprus problem within a foreseeable horizon.
24 Feb 2021 | UN Headquarters
Briefing by Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), on Central African Republic (MINUSCA).  Watch on UN Web TV
23 Feb 2021 | UN Headquarters
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General The Secretary-General condemns the looting of the first site, Saraf Umrah in Darfur, handed over to the Sudanese authorities following the end of the UNAMID mandate in December 2020.  At a time when community needs in Sudan are increasingly pressing, the site was intended to serve as a vocational training centre; unknown assailants have dashed that opportunity.   
22 Feb 2021 | UN Headquarters
 [scroll down for French] Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attack against a joint field mission of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Kibumba, near Goma, North Kivu, by unidentified armed elements. The attack resulted in the killing of three people, including the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, his bodyguard and a WFP national staff member.
22 Feb 2021 | UN Headquarters
Press Conference by Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, on peacekeeping operations in Mali, Central African Republic, as well as other issues related to peacekeeping.
16 Feb 2021 | UN Headquarters
[scroll down for French version] Watch the video Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for your invitation and for your close cooperation for peace and development in the Sahel.
13 Feb 2021 | UN Headquarters
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12 Feb 2021 | New York
[scroll down for French] The Secretary-General congratulates the Malian people on the historic meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation (Comité de suivi de l’Accord, CSA) held in Kidal, Mali on 11 February. The high-level meeting, chaired by H.E. Mr. Sabri Boukadoum, Foreign Minister of Algeria, brought together six Malian Ministers, the leadership of the signatory armed movements and the International Mediation, represented at a high level. 
3 Feb 2021 | UN Headquarters
 [scroll down for French version] The Secretary-General has been closely following the situation in the Central African Republic.  He takes note of the final results of the first round of legislative elections, as proclaimed by the Constitutional Court on 1 February 2021.