Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

Izumi Nakamitsu, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, spoke on the Secretary-General’s behalf at the commemoration that took place today in Hiroshima of the dropping of the nuclear bomb wich took place on 6 August 1945.

In a message delivered by Mr. Nakamitsu, the Secretary-General said that we must recall the core message that the hibakusha, the survivors of the bombs, have travelled the world to spread: the only guarantee against the use of nuclear weapons is the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Inspired by the resilient spirit of the people of Hiroshima, the Secretary-General added that he is fully committed to working with the hibakusha and all others to realize our shared goal: a world free of nuclear weapons.

In a statement issued last night, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the terrorist attack that took place on August 5th in Cairo. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Egypt and wishes a speedy recovery to those who injured.

On Syria, humanitarian colleagues report that, after three days of reduced hostilities in the northwestern Syria following the ceasefire that came into effect on Friday, fighting has flared up again, including with airstrikes, across northern Hama, southern Idlib and western Aleppo governorates. We reiterate our deep concern for the civilians in Idlib and all surrounding areas.

Since the upsurge in violence end of April, more than 500 civilians have been killed, and over 400,000 people were displaced in the area.

And again, we remind all parties to the conflict, and those who have influence over them, of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

A note on Venezuelan refugees in Colombia. We join the UN Refugee Agency and the UN Migration Agency today in welcoming the decision by the Government of Colombia to grant nationality to children born in the country, to Venezuelan parents.

The measure will benefit more than 24,000 children born since August 2015 who were at risk of statelessness. It will also prevent children from becoming stateless in the future.

UNHCR, IOM and UN Children’s Fund said they will financially support the Colombian Government in implementing this measure to provide these children with documents to prove their nationality. More is online.

On Cameroon we continue to follow the situation in Cameroon closely, including the aftermath of the violent riots in the Yaoundé and Buea prisons that took place late last month and the decision of a number of prisoners to start a hunger strike.

We call on the Cameroonian authorities to ensure that the fundamental rights of all detainees are respected and recall the importance to follow due process.

The National Commission on Human Rights and Freedom is reportedly engaging with relevant authorities in order to meet with the detainees. We hope that this request will be considered favorably.

This afternoon, at 2pm, there will be a briefing here by Ambassador Samuel Moncada, the Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations.

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