News in Brief 10 January 2017 (AM) - Geneva

10 January 2017

Cyprus talks enter second day

Talks to decide the future of the Cyprus have entered a second day in Geneva.

Leading the UN-facilitated discussions over the divided Mediterranean island are Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci.

There’s been no details about which issues the two politicians have discussed so far in the Swiss city, as UN spokesperson Aleem Siddique told journalists on Tuesday:

“The Cyprus talks are very much a leader-led process, the agenda, the pace, the topics of the discussions are all decided by the two leaders...the talks are being held in a confidential manner in order to protect the integrity of the process.”

Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide is also present at the meetings.

At the start of the talks he said that a deal would be “historic” but “complicated” to achieve for Cyprus, after a split that’s lasted for more than 40 years.

Uptick in Mosul displaced as Iraqi military advance on ISIL

Thousands more people have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul amid renewed efforts to reclaim it from ISIL extremists, the UN has warned.

More than 135,000 people have now been displaced from the northern Iraqi city as the Iraq army continues its advance, according to Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA.

“For example on 2 January some 4,000 people were displaced on that day alone from eastern Mosul city, that’s one of the largest daily movements of people since the beginning of the crisis, which started on 17 October.”

Injuries linked to the military offensive have been “very high”, Jens Laerke said, in reference to the nearly 700 people who were transferred from eastern Mosul to Erbil last week for treatment.

The UN and its partners are providing help to the east and south of Mosul, which the ISIL group took in June 2014.

But there are serious concerns about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in western Mosul city and beyond, where aid workers do not have access.

Children’s rights in the spotlight at UN in Geneva

The issue of children’s rights around the world is set to be examined at the UN in Geneva.

The regular review by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child monitors how well Member States adhere to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Human rights experts on the UN panel will also assess how well countries have implemented two other so-called optional protocols linked to the Convention, covering the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and on children in armed conflict.

The Member States under review are Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Estonia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Serbia, Georgia and Malawi.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations.

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