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12 Jun 2019
I thank Kuwait and His Excellency, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, for this opportunity to brief the Council.   I welcome the representatives of The Elders, former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former President Mary Robinson. I also see in front of me the former President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos.  I welcome them in this chamber today, and thank them for contributing their personal wisdom and support to the debate.  
10 Jun 2019
The Secretary-General is outraged by reports that at least 95 civilians, including women and children, have been killed and many injured following an attack yesterday on Sobanou-Kou village, Mopti region, in central Mali. He strongly condemns this attack and calls on the Malian authorities to investigate this tragedy and to bring the perpetrators to justice.  The Secretary-General expresses his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, the people and the Government of Mali, and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.
3 Jun 2019
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the violence and reports of the excessive use of force by security personnel on civilians, that have resulted in the deaths and injury of many. He condemns the use of force to disperse the protestors at the sit-in site and he is alarmed by reports that security forces have opened fire inside medical facilities.  
31 May 2019
The Secretary-General calls for utmost restraint in Sudan and stresses the importance of upholding the human rights of all citizens,including the right to freedom of assembly and of expression.   Noting the Communiqué adopted by the African Union Peace and Security Council during its meeting on 27 May, he welcomes the progress achieved by the parties regarding matters relating to the Transitional Institutions.  
29 May 2019
[Watch the video on webtv.un.org] Today we honor more than one million men and women who have served as United Nations peacekeepers since our first mission in 1948.  We remember the more than 3,800 personnel who paid the ultimate price.
28 May 2019
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General The Secretary-General is concerned by the developments in the Golan on 27 May. He calls on the parties to the 1974 Disengagement of Forces Agreement to respect the terms of the Agreement and to closely liaise with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) to prevent any further incidents and escalation of the situation.
24 May 2019 | New York
The world does not have many true heroes.   But the late Private Chancy Chitete, of Malawi was indeed one of them and we unfortunately lost him last year.   Private Chitete was serving with MONUSCO -- the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.   Last November, Tanzanian and Malawian peacekeepers came under heavy fire while conducting an operation to stop attacks on local towns by an armed group, the ADF, that was disrupting the Ebola response.  
24 May 2019 | New York
I am honoured to join you today to remember the brave women and men who have lost their lives while serving in UN Peacekeeping.   More than 3,800 military, police and civilian peacekeepers have lost their lives since the United Nations deployed the first of its 72 peacekeeping missions back in 1948.    These peacekeepers gave their lives to protect others and to give war-torn countries a chance for peace and hope.   Today, in 14 missions around the world, our peacekeepers serve heroically to preserve peace and stability.   
18 May 2019
The Secretary-General condemns today's attacks against the United Nation's Integrated Stabilization Mission for Mali (MINUSMA) in Timbuktu and Tessalit.   He is deeply saddened at the death of a Nigerian peacekeeper who succumbed to his wounds following the armed attack by unidentified assailants in Timbuktu. He expresses heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and to the Government of Nigeria. He wishes a speedy recovery to another Nigerian peacekeeper who was wounded in the same attack.  
7 May 2019 | New York
Remarks by H.E. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations at the 8521st meeting of the Security Council.