DR of Congo: Security Council extends and strengthens UN military force

The United Nations Security Council today extended the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for another year, increased its military strength to 10,800 from 8,700, and instituted an arms embargo against all foreign and Congolese armed groups in the east of the country.

Liberian rebel group ‘disqualifying’ itself from future leadership role – Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today demanded that a ceasefire be respected in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, which has come under lethal fire from rebels over the past week, and said one of the main insurgent groups was disqualifying itself from any leadership role in the future of the country.

Over 1 million Angolans still need urgent food aid – UN agencies

Despite a substantial increase in food production during the first year of peace after almost three decades of war in Angola, over 1 million people still urgently require food aid due to increased numbers of refugees and demobilized soldiers returning home, two United Nations agencies said today.

UN refugee agency signs agreement for repatriation of 25,000 Rwandans

Some 25,000 Rwandan refugees in Uganda – half the total still scattered across Africa – will be repatriated voluntarily under a tripartite agreement signed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with the Governments of Rwanda and Uganda.

As fight for Liberian capital rages on, UN relief official warns thousands at risk

As the conflict in and around Monrovia rages on, with mortar rounds landing near a United Nations compound in the Liberian capital, a senior UN relief official warned today that thousands of lives were at risk if the fighting did not end soon.

DR of Congo: UN mission denounces reported flight of banned ammunition

The United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has strongly denounced the reported transport of a cache of ammunition seized on a plane that landed in Beni and said it has launched a thorough investigation into the origins of the flight, the material and the intended destination.

Annan welcomes end of coup attempt in São Tomé and Príncipe

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the restoration of constitutional order in São Tomé and Príncipe and commended regional and international mediation efforts for the negotiated end to a coup in the Central African island state.

Security Council endorses proposals by its recent missions to Africa

The United Nations Security Council today endorsed recommendations made by its recent missions to Central and West Africa, and emphasized the importance of a sub-regional approach to issues such as small arms, mercenaries, child soldiers and humanitarian access.

Annan ‘very pleased’ with US decision to position forces off Liberia

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the decision by the United States to position troops near Liberia to support deployment of West African forces to stabilize the war-torn country, and he called on other states to join in providing necessary backing on an urgent basis.

Lauding progress in Côte d’Ivoire, Security Council voices concern at instability

While welcoming progress made towards ending strife in Côte d’Ivoire, the United Nations Security Council today voiced concern at the continued existence of regional factors of instability, particularly the use of mercenaries and child soldiers, and the spread of small arms and light weapons which prevent a lasting solution to the crisis in the region.