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  • UN report on forced evictions goes to Zimbabwe govt
    United Nations (UN)
    Extracted from highlights of the spokesman's noon briefing
    July 20, 2005

    http://www.un.org/News/ossg/hilites.htm

    • The report on Zimbabwe, resulting from Special Envoy Anna Tibaijukaís mission to that country, is going to the Government of Zimbabwe today.
       
    • The Spokesmanís Office hopes to make the report public on Friday or Monday.
       
    • The Spokesmanís 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 reportís 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 Zimbabweís 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 Governmentís cooperation with Tibaijukaís 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 Governmentís 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 on Tuesday.
       
    • 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-Generalís initiative, and her visit was not a Security Council-related mission.

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