The SG: The SG arrived in Washington DC this morning. Addressing the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, he noted that the global influence of the Americas as a whole was on the rise.
DPRK: The SG strongly condemned Pyongyang's nuclear weapons test this morning at a SC session on the issue. Mr. Ban said that the test is a clear and grave violation of the relevant SC resolutions and is a direct challenge to the Council.
Iraq: The SG today strongly condemned Saturday’s mortar attack on Camp Liberty - the temporary transit center near Baghdad for former residents of Camp Ashraf - which killed a number of residents and injured Iraqi police officers.
Myanmar: The SG yesterday welcomed a joint statement issued by Myanmar’s Peacemaking Committee and the delegation of the Kachin Independence Organization in China, in which they agreed to work on an overall framework for de-escalate the violent conflict in Kachin state.
Syria: UN humanitarian relief in Syria reached the northern region for the first time today, as UNHCR completed its first delivery of winter emergency relief to the Azzas area where thousands of internally displaced people are living in makeshift camps.