Africa

Security Council condemns attempted coup d'état in Central African Republic

Members of the United Nations Security Council today condemned the attempted coup d'état in the Central African Republic, and urged the perpetrators to return to the constitutional order.

Sierra Leone: RUF hands over more weapons to UN mission

The Revolutionary United Front (RUF) has returned weapons and military equipment seized last year from United Nations peacekeepers, the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) said today.

DR of Congo: positive signs noted, as Security Council debates report of its mission

The delegation of the United Nations Security Council that has just returned from Africa's Great Lakes region described today an improved situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and outlined a number of positive developments indicating movement towards a possible solution to the conflict there.

First patrol boats for Congo River arrive in Kinshasa, UN Mission says

The United Nations Mission in the DRC (MONUC) today reported that it had received the first patrol boats for use on the Congo River, which will allow a resumption of riverine traffic between the East and West of the country.

Nigeria, UN drug control agency agree on measures to fight organized crime

On his first official visit to sub-Saharan Africa, the head of the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) has reached an agreement with the President of Nigeria on a course of action to help the country recover assets stolen due to organized crime, a UN spokesman said today.

Annan "dismayed" at armed attacks on President of Central African Republic

Reacting with "dismay" to armed attacks against the President of the Central African Republic, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has deplored the use of force for toppling popularly elected governments.

Conditions in Sierra Leone not right for refugee returns, Annan reports

The fragile situation in Sierra Leone is not conducive to the repatriation of the country's thousands of refugees, according to a just-released report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who warns that large parts of the territory remain under rebel control and beyond the reach of humanitarian aid and government services.

Ex-combatants disarmed in two western districts of Sierra Leone: UN mission

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) reported today the conclusion of a 10-day disarmament exercise involving ex-combatants in two western districts of the country.

Guinea: UN completes massive relocation of refugees from tense Parrot's Beak area

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has completed the relocation of tens of thousands of refugees from an insecure area near Guinea's volatile border with Sierra Leone to better protected camps further inland, a spokesman for the agency announced today.

UN agency starts HIV prevention training for Ethiopian truck drivers

In a bid to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS among a high-risk group in Ethiopia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began a series of innovative awareness building sessions for truck drivers employed by the agency.