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31 May 2007 Military News

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  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 31 May 2007
  • Finishing tour, top UN military adviser sees rising confidence in peacekeeping UN News Centre 31 May 2007 -- The Military Adviser to the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), who is retiring today, said that coping with burgeoning new mandates in recent years has boosted the success of UN operations overall.
  • Israelis, Palestinians Urged To Focus on Long-Term Goals Washington File 31 May 2007 -- The Quartet for Middle East peace called on Israel and the Palestinians to "work positively and constructively" to encourage mutual confidence and to help create an environment more conducive for progress toward the creation of a Palestinian state.
  • Israel mulls terms for peace talks with Syria - paper RIA Novosti 31 May 2007 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is considering the possibility of resuming peace negotiations with Syria with mediation by a third party, an Israeli newspaper said Thursday.
  • ISRAEL-OPT: Palestinian workers' situation has worsened, says ILO IRIN 31 May 2007 -- A new report issued on Monday by the International Labour Organization (ILO) says seven out of 10 households in the occupied Palestinian territories, or about 2.4 million Palestinians, are living in poverty. It says the workers' situation has continued to worsen dramatically over the past year.
  • SUDAN-UGANDA: LRA talks, pencils and helicopters IRIN 31 May 2007 -- Progress at the peace talks between the Ugandan government and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) depends on skillful mediation, willingness among the parties to reach a deal, credible monitoring, sound technical advice and a range of other diplomatic niceties and military finesse.
  • Uganda Govt Proposes Traditional Justice System for LRA Rebels VOA 31 May 2007 -- nother round of peace talks between the Ugandan government and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels aimed at ending almost twenty years of the rebels insurgency begins today (Thursday) in the Southern Sudanese capital, Juba
  • UN and AU outline details of proposed hybrid peacekeeping force in Darfur UN News Centre 31 May 2007 -- The planned hybrid United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Darfur will only succeed if its unity and coherence of command are not compromised and the Sudanese Government consents and cooperates, according to a joint report issued by the UN and AU and released today.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: New political climate favours pivotal identification process IRIN 31 May 2007 -- Logistical challenges might be all that stand in the way of issuing identity papers for millions of undocumented Ivorians - a process that lies at the heart of Cote d'Ivoire's conflict, and one that political hostility and intransigence have rendered impossible up to now.
  • LEBANON: Aid agencies assist families displaced from Nahr al-Bared camp IRIN 31 May 2007 -- With no immediate end in sight to the stand-off between the army and Islamist militants in Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon, and with neighbouring Beddawi camp already full to bursting, aid agencies have delivered relief to several hundred families displaced further to the east and south of the country.
  • CAR: Darfur refugees reach Sam Ouandja IRIN 31 May 2007 -- The arrival of 1,500 Sudanese refugees in the Sam Ouandja region of northeastern Central African Republic (CAR) could mean more war-displaced people will undertake the 10-day journey in search of safety from Darfur, local sources said.

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