At the State Department this morning, Hillary Clinton laid out the results of the Obama administration's long-awaited Sudan policy review.
With the failure of four consecutive rainy seasons, the impact of drought, hunger and disease is felt throughout the Horn of Africa, where over 18.5 million people are in dire need of relief. A Unicef video from Kenya.
The General Assembly held Security Council elections yesterday. As is the case with many procedures at the UN, a certain number of seats are set aside for specific regional blocs. And, as is often the case, the blocs decide amongst themselves who will stand for election. This is what happened yesterday in which five countries ran un-opposed for five seats on the council. The results are as follows:
Africa & Asia: Gabon, Lebanon & Nigeria
Today, Pakistan saw five coordinated terrorist attacks in Lahore and Kohat. The attacks took place in the space of a few hours, and forty-three people are dead. The attacks were highly coordinated, and targeted the police – two police stations, a federal police office, and a police training facility – as well as a school in Peshawar.
A lot of ink has been spilled so far about the dispute in the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) between the mission's former deputy Peter W. Galbraith and his boss, Kai Eide. What has been lost in the discussion, though, is the basic point that the disagreement over how to handle fraud in the Afghan elections is an honest one between two people who both believe that they have the best interests of Afghans at heart.
I'm leaving Turkey this evening. As I mentioned last week, this was a very politically significant time to be in Turkey. On Saturday, the foreign ministers of Turkey and Armenia (beneath the helpful gaze of Hillary Clinton) signed the Turkey-Armenia Protocols which pave the way for the opening of the Turkey-Armenia border and the restoration of full diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Secretary General made the following statement on Obama's Nobel Peace Prize:
The Secretary-General wholeheartedly congratulates U.S. President Barack Obama on winning the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.