Africa

DR of Congo: UN mission chief, rebels discuss deployment of peacekeepers

The head of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) met today with rebel leaders to discuss the deployment of UN troops to a part of the country under their control.

Eritrean, Ethiopian military officials discuss security zone at UN-chaired meeting

Military representatives from Eritrea and Ethiopia met today to discuss developments in the United Nations-monitored security zone separating the two countries, which the UN has reported to be free of major incidents over the past few months.

DR of Congo: Zimbabwe set to comply with Security Council decisions, UN says

The Government of Zimbabwe has reaffirmed its willingness to comply with United Nations Security Council resolutions on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of the DRC peacekeeping mission said today.

Security Council extends UN mission in Western Sahara for 3 more months

The United Nations Security Council today extended the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 28 February 2002 to allow Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s envoy and the parties concerned to continue efforts to find a durable solution to the dispute.

Sierra Leone: UN agency to begin first relocation of refugees to safe area

For the first time since the civil war began in Sierra Leone more than a decade ago, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will start returning thousands of refugees to their original homes in a newly declared safe area of the country.

Amid moves towards forum on Great Lakes, Annan renews his envoy's mandate

With hopes growing for the convening of an international conference on the Great Lakes, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to renew the mandate of his envoy to that region of Africa, according to an exchange of letters released today in New York.

Somalia: UN political office extended for two more years

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to renew the mandate of the Mogadishu-based United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) for two more years, according to documents made public today in New York.

World working harder to stop genocide, Annan says in message to Rwanda forum

The world has begun slowly to step up its efforts to halt genocide and other war crimes, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a message to be delivered to a gathering of holocaust survivors in Rwanda this weekend.

Wreckage of UN helicopter found off coast of Sierra Leone

The wreckage of a helicopter serving with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) that crashed two weeks ago has been located in the sea near the capital, Freetown.

UN health agency mourns death of its representative in Burundi

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today reacted with shock and grief to the death of its representative in Burundi, a six-year agency veteran who only recently began his assignment in the country.