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report on forced evictions goes to Zimbabwe govt
Extracted from highlights of the spokesman's noon briefing
July 20, 2005
- The report on Zimbabwe,
resulting from Special Envoy Anna Tibaijuka’s mission to that country,
is going to the Government of Zimbabwe today.
- The Spokesman’s
Office hopes to make the report public on Friday or Monday.
- The Spokesman’s
Office is planning for an 11:00 a.m. press conference by Tibaijuka on
the day the report is made public.
- Asked further about
the plans for the launch of the report, the Spokeswoman said that the
earliest possible time for the report’s release would be Friday, to
allow the Government of Zimbabwe to have 48 hours to consider the report.
The briefing, she said, would be done by Anna Tibaijuka.
- The report, she
added, would be handed over today to Zimbabwe’s Permanent Representative
to the United Nations.
- Asked why the Government
had been allowed to have the report for 48 hours, the Spokeswoman said
that was part of the agreement to obtain the Government’s cooperation
with Tibaijuka’s mission. She noted that Tibaijuka was the only independent
official to carry out an in-depth assessment inside Zimbabwe, and her
mission had required the Government’s cooperation.
- Asked whether the
contents of the report would be changed depending on comments from Zimbabwe,
the Spokeswoman said, "Absolutely not." The Government was
receiving the final text of the report, she said, and could react to
it as it wished.
- Asked when the
Secretary-General had seen the report, Okabe said that Tibaijuka had
arrived on Monday, and then submitted the report to the United Nations
- Asked whether Security
Council members would also take up the report, the Spokeswoman said
that that would be up to the Security Council. However, Tibaijuka had
been sent to Zimbabwe on the Secretary-General’s initiative, and her
visit was not a Security Council-related mission.
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