Africa

Big challenges remain to secure peace in DR of Congo, Security Council told

As the international community welcomed the inauguration of a new power-sharing government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), top United Nations officials told the Security Council today that immense challenges remain as the volatile, war-torn central African country edges toward peace and reconciliation.

Security Council urges Ethiopia, Eritrea to cooperate with border demarcation

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed Ethiopia's and Eritrea's acceptance as final and binding an agreement on the delimitation of the border between the two countries, and urged them to cooperation fully with the commission responsible for demarking the boundary.

Annan hails new power-sharing government in DR of Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the historic swearing-in of the four Vice-Presidents who will head up the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) new power-sharing transitional government as a "milestone" in the war-weary country's search for lasting peace.

UN agency chief welcomes African Union's invitation to fight urban poverty

The chief of the United Nations agency for urban settlements today welcomed the invitation by the African Union to collaborate in fighting the urbanization of poverty, condemning millions to unemployment, food insecurity and other problems generated by squalid living conditions.

Early deployment of troops essential to ending suffering in Liberia - UN envoy

With beleaguered Monrovia "simply not safe enough for relief agencies to save the lives that need to be saved," the newly-appointed United Nations envoy for Liberia stressed today that the early deployment of West African troops to the capital was an absolutely essential step that would allow humanitarian aid distribution to resume.

Annan pays tribute to former envoy to Sierra Leone

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today paid tribute to his former Special Representative for Sierra Leone, and once again reiterated the United Nations commitment to solidifying peace in that country.

Warning of 'danger' in delaying troop deployment, Annan outlines UN plans for Liberia

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today outlined the world body's likely strategy to help restore order in war-torn Liberia, beginning with the arrival of a promised West African force meant to ensure calm as President Charles Taylor steps down, and possibly paving the way for troops from the United States and elsewhere.

UN Security Council urges Somalis to pursue lasting peace

Reiterating their commitment to a lasting settlement of the conflict in Somalia, members of the United Nations Security Council today encouraged all concerned parties to "pursue sincerely" their efforts aimed at achieving sustainable peace and reconciliation.

UN withdraws staff from Burundi capital, continues relief work through partners

Citing security concerns, the United Nations has withdrawn its nonessential staff from Bujumbura after days of deadly clashes between Government forces and rebels in Burundi's capital have left scores of people dead and displaced thousands.

Annan strongly condemns coup in São Tomé and Príncipe

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned the coup d'état in São Tomé and Príncipe and called for the immediate and unconditional restoration of constitutional order.