India Pandemic, Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan, El Salvador & other topics

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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KYRGYZSTAN/TAJIKISTAN The Secretary-General has been following developments along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border with concern. He extends his condolences for the lives lost in the clashes last week and wishes a speedy recovery for those involved.

The Secretary-General also welcomes the ceasefire that was agreed on on 1 May. He also welcomes the contacts that have taken place between the Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of the two countries and urges both sides to take all measures necessary to ensure that the ceasefire holds.

The Secretary-General also notes that his Special Representative for Central Asia Natalia Gherman remains in direct contact with the authorities on both sides and reiterates the UN readiness remains ready to provide support, as necessary.

EL SALVADOR On El Salvador, we are also following that situation very closely. The Secretary-General takes note of the concerns expressed regarding the procedures used in the dismissal of the members of the constitutional chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice and its impact on the system of checks and balances in El Salvador.

The Secretary-General calls for respect of constitutional provisions, the rule of law and the division of powers, with a view to preserving the democratic progress achieved by the Salvadoran people since the signing of the peace agreement.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY The Secretary-General will deliver remarks today to a special session of the General Assembly in memory of late President Idriss Déby of Chad.

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