Mohamad Sahnoun to serve another year as UN Special Adviser on Horn of Africa

Responding to a decision by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to extend the term of his special adviser helping with issues affecting the Horn of Africa, the United Nations Security Council has agreed to the renewal of Mohamed Sahnoun's appointment for a year, according to documents released today.

Annan welcomes peace deal to end 21-year civil war in southern Sudan

United Nations officials headed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan have welcomed today's initialling of the two final protocols of a comprehensive peace deal to end a 21-year civil war in southern Sudan that has claimed the lives of two million people and displaced up to four million others.

Annan calls for peacekeeping support for African Union

Welcoming the recent decrease in African conflicts, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the resulting increase in demand for peacekeeping missions on the continent carries challenges to expand the capacity of the African Union (AU), while rejecting mechanisms that limit the participation of non-African UN members.

Indian and Pakistani troops deploy to troubled Kivus in DR Congo

New troops from India and Pakistan are headed to the troubled Kivus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MONUC) there.

DR of Congo: kidnapped UN staffers released after having been tortured

A consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and three local aid workers, kidnapped by militia members week before last, have been released, but in poor health.

Imminent peace deal in southern Sudan offers blueprint for Darfur - Annan

As reports indicate that the Sudanese Government and rebels are likely to sign a peace deal ending the 21-year civil war in the country's south, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that an agreement could serve as a blueprint for resolving the separate crisis engulfing Sudan's Darfur region.

UN report paints mixed picture for Central African Republic ahead of polls – UN

While the political and economic fortunes of the Central African Republic (CAR) are gradually improving, human rights abuses continue and the country's situation remains precarious ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for mid-February, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report on the United Nations peace-building office there.

UN mission provides security as 1992 Côte d'Ivoire currency is exchanged for new

The exchange of 12-year-old Côte d'Ivoire currency for new began today in the rebel-held north of the West African country under the watchful eye of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, which was asked to help provide security for the three-day operation.

UN mission team finds evidence of killings in eastern DR of Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has found evidence that former Mayi-Mayi militiamen have killed seven civilians, a soldier and perhaps another six former officers from a rival militia, the UN spokesman said today.

Thousands of displaced Sudanese being relocated from crowded camp, UN says

Half of the estimated 120,000 internally displaced persons in the swollen Kalma Camp in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region will be relocated to three new sites early next month, the United Nations reported today.