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12 December 2007 Military News

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  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 12 Dec 2007
  • Darfur: UN envoy vows to build momentum in peace process UN News Centre 12 Dec 2007 -- The United Nations Special Envoy for the Darfur peace process says UN and African Union mediators will try to speed up the momentum of the talks in the next few weeks so that direct negotiations can take place between the Sudanese Government and the war-wracked region's many rebel movements.
  • Southern Ministers Set to Rejoin Sudan Government VOA 12 Dec 2007 -- Southern Sudan's main political party has said its ministers will rejoin a national unity government
  • UN Rebukes Sudan Over Human Rights Abuses in Darfur VOA 12 Dec 2007 -- A group of UN experts has criticized the government of Sudan for failing to implement most of the recommendations made by special investigators to the conflict-racked Darfur region
  • General who led siege of Sarajevo jailed for 33 years by UN war crimes tribunal UN News Centre 12 Dec 2007 -- A former Bosnian Serb army general who commanded much of the prolonged siege of Sarajevo has been sentenced to 33 years in prison by the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
  • KENYA: "Revenge attacks and rumours" fuelling hostilities in Molo IRIN 12 Dec 2007 -- Revenge attacks, rumours, inaccurate media reports and provocative public statements by politicians have fuelled hostilities in Kenya's New Molo district, where clashes have displaced thousands of people and caused dozens of deaths, according to a government official.
  • 17 LTTE militants killed, rebels claim 26 soldiers dead in Lanka IRNA 12 Dec 2007 -- Heavy gun battles between Sri Lankan security forces and LTTE militants on Wednesday left at least 17 Tamil Tigers dead, while rebels claimed they killed over two dozen soldiers in island nation's embattled north.
  • Security Council calls for national dialogue in Central African Republic UN News Centre 12 Dec 2007 -- Concerned about ongoing insecurity in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today urged the Government to redouble its efforts to address the country's ongoing challenges, and to hold a national dialogue with all actors without delay.
  • Upsurge in violent clashes in eastern DR Congo alarms Secretary-General UN News Centre 12 Dec 2007 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he was deeply concerned by the intense fighting engulfing North Kivu province in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), especially its impact on local civilians, many of whom have been forced to flee to escape the renewed violence.
  • UN Peacebuilding Commission to begin assisting Guinea-Bissau UN News Centre 12 Dec 2007 -- Guinea-Bissau will become the third country on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), the United Nations advisory body set up to help countries emerging from conflict avoid sliding back into war or chaos, after the Security Council backed a request from the Government of the West African country.
  • UN envoy to begin talks on northern Uganda peace process UN News Centre 12 Dec 2007 -- The United Nations envoy for the peace process between the Ugandan Government and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has arrived in Kampala to begin a series of discussions aimed at resolving the rebel group's long-running conflict with national forces in the northern part of the country.
  • Sierra Leone, UN Peacebuilding Commission agree on cooperation framework UN News Centre 12 Dec 2007 -- The Peacebuilding Commission and the Sierra Leonean Government today adopted a cooperation framework that will guide the work of the United Nations advisory body - set up last year to help countries emerging from conflict avert a slide back to war - in the impoverished West African nation over the next three years.
  • BURUNDI: Boost for returnees IRIN 12 Dec 2007 -- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) are to run a joint programme to improve the reintegration conditions for returnees, a UNHCR official in Bujumbura said.
  • Israeli-Palestinian Meeting Ends in Acrimony VOA 12 Dec 2007 -- The first formal meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators since last month's Annapolis, Maryland peace conference acrimony Wednesday, with both sides accusing each other acting in bad faith on a host of issues

News Reports

  • US Condemns Assassination of Lebanese General VOA 12 Dec 2007 -- The United States Wednesday joined other countries in condemning the Beirut car bomb assassination of Lebanese Brigadier General Francois al-Hajj, who was set to have become the country's army chief
  • Lebanese army general killed in Beirut car bomb RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2007 -- A Lebanese army general, widely-predicted to become the country's chief of staff after next week's presidential elections, has been killed in a car bomb in the capital Beirut.
  • Explosion Kills Top Lebanese Army Commander VOA 12 Dec 2007 -- A top commander in the Lebanese Army was killed in an explosion targeting his vehicle, outside Beirut, this morning



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