Somalia: Arta process key for peace in country, Security Council says

Reaffirming its commitment to a comprehensive and lasting settlement of the situation in Somalia, the Security Council today said that the so-called Arta peace process remained the most viable basis for peace and national reconciliation.

Expert panel says UN Security Council should extend arms embargo against Liberia

An independent panel dealing with Liberia sanctions has recommended that the Security Council extend the arms embargo and rough diamond sanctions on the country.

Ethiopia-Eritrea: calm points to sides' resolve to move peace effort forward, UN says

The relative calm in the common border zone between Ethiopia and Eritrea is a sign that both parties are resolved to advance the peace process further, the Force Commander of UNMEE, the United Nations mission in the area, told a meeting of senior military officials from the two countries and UN peacekeepers.

UN-backed disarmament concludes in rebel stronghold in northern Sierra Leone

More than 100 fighters from the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone have handed over their weapons to United Nations peacekeepers in the northern part of the country, the UN Mission there (UNAMSIL) said today in statement.

Security Council backs temporary international security force in Burundi

In another step forward for the peace process in Burundi, the Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution backing the creation of a temporary international security force in the country.

Annan names four experts to UNITA sanctions monitoring body

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed four experts to the United Nations Security Council body monitoring the sanctions against the Angolan rebel group UNITA.

Guinea's humanitarian needs remain unmet following recent floods, UN reports

Guinea's humanitarian needs remain unmet following last month's severe floods in the eastern part of the country, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Concrete agenda needed for sustainable development summit: UN official

An upcoming international conference on sustainable development would lack credibility if it did not produce real and practical steps for maintaining such economic growth, a senior United Nations official said today.

Nearly 100 child soldiers reunite with their families in Sierra Leone: UN mission

Ninety-five children formerly associated with fighting forces have been reunited with their families in northern Sierra Leone, the United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNAMSIL) said in a statement issued today in Freetown.

Former Rwandan governor pleads not guilty to genocide: UN tribunal

A former Rwandan governor today made his initial appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), pleading not guilty to charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.