SG briefs GA on recent travels and implementation of Res 1973, High Commissioner calls on Syria to avoid “violent repression” and more from UN Direct

SG: Today, the SG spoke to Member States at an informal plenary of the GA to discuss his recent travels to Egypt, Tunisia, and his diplomatic efforts in Libya. He stated that despite repeated claims by the Libyan authorities, we continue to see no evidence of a cease-fire, nor any steps by the Libyan authorities to fulfill their obligations under SCRs 1970 and 1973.

Libya: At 3 PM today, the Security Council received an update on SCR. 1970 at an open meeting followed by closed consultations.

Yemen: Today Valerie Amos, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and ERC, expressed serious concern regarding the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen and called on those involved to refrain from excessive violence, as recent fighting has evidently affected hundreds of people.

Syria: Navi Pillay, High Commission for Human Rights, called on Syria to avoid any violent repression of peaceful protests, which she said could risk creating “a downward spiral of anger, violence, killings and chaos.”

Côte d’Ivoire: UNOCI is reporting that the situation in Abidjan remains volatile and UN patrols have confirmed the use of mortars and machine guns by pro-Gbagbo forces. UN vehicles and staff also continue to be targeted.