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that the specific financial commitments made by particular countries are estimated to be over $30 billion, including some commitments of debt relief on the Paris Club terms.  And we have his opening remarks at the press conference upstairs and we should have a transcript of that press conference later today.

**Democratic Republic of Congo

Turning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Mission there reports progress in the disarmament process with the announcement by Peter Karim, a leader of one of eastern DRC’s largest militias, that an additional 500 of his fighters will surrender their weapons and reintegrate into civilian life this week.  The Mission also reports that a joint UN-Congolese Army unit was able to verify the effective disarmament of some 320 individuals at the Mbandaka naval base.  And a team from the Military Integration Structure recently left the Equateur province after registering some 50 soldiers and 130 former presidential security officers for reintegration.  And we have copies of this press briefing upstairs.

** Liberia

And in Liberia, the UN Mission there says that Alan Doss, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, has presided over the official handover by the United Nations of a regional diamond certification office to the Liberian Government at a ceremony in Tubmanburg, a town near the capital, Monrovia.

Mr. Doss also took part in the dedication of the Liberian Government Diamond Office, and later attended a series of workshops intended to strengthen the skills of Liberian immigration workers.

** Cyprus

And on Cyprus, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus, Michael Møller, today addressed a gathering of international civil society in Nicosia.

In his remarks, he said no solution to the Cyprus problem would be sustainable unless every Cypriot truly felt that their voice had been heard as it was being shaped.

The Cyprus problem must have a Cypriot solution, Møller said.  And we have his full remarks upstairs.

** Sudan

And on Sudan, the Registrar of the International Criminal Court is visiting three camps housing Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad as part of the outreach strategy the Court has to deal with Darfur.

His three-day visit, which ends tomorrow, is intended to explain the mandate and activities of the Court, especially the right of victims to participate in Court proceedings.  The ICC has a press release with more details.

** Somalia

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