News in Brief 1 June 2017 (PM)

1 June 2017

End of dispute between Somali leaders welcomed by UN

The end of a long-running conflict, which has been formally settled by the leaders of two central states in Somalia, was welcomed by the head of the UN Mission to the country on Thursday.

UNSOM chief, Michael Keating, said that discussions earlier this week between Presidents Abdiweli Mohamed Ali “Gaas” of Puntland, and Ahmed Ducalle Geelle “Xaaf” of Galmudug, was a positive peacebuilding development.

Mr Keating reiterated the UN’s readiness to support both presidents, as well as Somalia’s overall peace and state-building process.

Here’s UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

The two state presidents agreed to end their dispute and promote constructive dialogue between their administrations. They also committed to the opening of roads to allow free movement of people and goods.

According to news reports, the state leaders agreed to form a joint peace committee that aims to find a long-lasting solution to fighting which has plagued the city of Galkayo between the two forces for several years.

Cypriot leaders heading to UN Headquarters for talks on Sunday

The leaders of the Turkish and Greek Cypriots are due to arrive in New York on Sunday for talks with the UN Secretary-General over ending the dispute which has divided the Mediterranean island since 1974.

The UN has played a peacekeeping role in Cyprus for more than 50 years, following its declaration of independence from the U nited Kingdom.

Here’s Stéphane Dujarric again.

“The Secretary-General has invited the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades to New York for a joint meeting to discuss the Cyprus talks and the way forward. Both leaders have accepted the invitation. The Secretary-General looks forward to welcoming the leaders, together with his Special Adviser, Espen Barth Eide, on the evening of 4 June.”

UN mediation efforts were suspended last week over how final peace talks should proceed, but Mr Eide said that a unification agreement for Cyprus between the two leaders remained very close.

Around 35,000 Turkish troops are based in the Turkish-held north of the island.

Differences remain over security and guarantees for both communities, while many of the issues surrounding reunification have been resolved.

“Selfless commitment” of parents honoured across the world

The “selfless commitment” of parents was honoured at the UN and around the world on 1 June, which marks the Global Day of Parents.

The day was instituted by the UN General Assembly 5 years ago, and gives everyone the opportunity to appreciate parents’ commitment to children, and “their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship”.

The day also recognizes that “the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children”.

It also emphasizes the link between the key 2030 Sustainable Development Goals of ending poverty, hunger and promoting well-being, with strong family-orientated policies.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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