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Security Council members, Annan condemn ambush in FRY of Macedonia

Reacting to a weekend attack in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia that took the lives of several soldiers, members of the Security Council and Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the act and demanded a halt to violence.

Uganda pullout of Lusaka accords "not necessarily a setback": Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said Uganda's announcement that it had withdrawn from the Lusaka peace accords was "not necessarily a setback" if the authorities respect the spirit of the agreement.

Annan urges all parties to Middle East crisis to help end tragedy

Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in New York that the Middle East region was facing a "major crisis" and stressed that all the parties involved must work together to help "in ending the tragedy and getting back to the table."

Abkhazia peace process to flounder if no progress made on status issue: Annan

Despite the recent progress made in building confidence between both sides in the conflict over Abkhaz, Georgia, the country's peace process will derail if the proposals for the distribution of competencies between the two parties are not forthcoming, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns in his latest report on the issue.

Annan urges US donors to support proposed global fund against AIDS

Building momentum on recent efforts to fight AIDS, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today took his rallying cry to Philadelphia, United States, where he urged a large gathering of the country's philanthropists to support a global fund aimed at tackling the epidemic.

Funding for post-conflict activities key to successful UN peacekeeping: Annan

A critical hindrance to the successful completion of United Nations peacekeeping missions is a lack of funding for activities such as demobilization and reintegration, or boundary commissions, Secretary-General Kofi Annan writes in a report issued today on the closure of UN peace operations.

UN summit on sustainable development aims to generate sense of hope

The goal of an upcoming United Nations summit on sustainable development was to generate a sense of hope for the future of the world economy, living conditions and environment, the top UN official for economic and social affairs said today.

UN official urges concrete steps to achieve nuclear disarmament

The top United Nations disarmament official today urged concrete action in the area of nuclear disarmament - a key challenge to global security.

Secretary-General pledges UN support for efforts to protect Danube river

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged the support of the United Nations for efforts to protect the Danube River, which is currently threatened by pollution and other man-made hazards.

UN combines new and traditional media to inform public, Assembly panel told

A senior United Nations official in charge of UN information activities pledged today to harness the power of the latest advances in communications technology, including the Internet, while making full use of traditional media in providing services to developing countries.