Africa

Sudan: UN envoy urges Darfur peace talks to reach settlement on political issues

All sides to the conflict engulfing Sudan's Darfur region should take advantage of the momentum generated by international focus on the region and settle their political differences at peace talks now taking place in Nigeria, the senior United Nations envoy for Sudan said today.

UN report on mid-August massacre of refugees in Burundi unable to pin blame

A United Nations team probing the mid-August slaying of Congolese Tutsi refugees in Burundi has not been able to identify the perpetrators and is recommending a further investigation of the brutal overnight massacre which left 160 people dead.

Security Council president says Guinea-Bissau facing failure

The international community must cooperate in helping Guinea-Bissau, which is at “grave risk” of becoming a failed State, the permanent representative of the United Kingdom, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency for October, said today.

Annan reports stalemate on Western Sahara dispute

The parties in Western Sahara have made no progress over the last six months towards agreement on a peace plan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report recommending a six-month extension of the United Nations mission there in order to maintain stability.

Sudan: UN reports 10 per cent jump in number of people in Darfur who need aid

The number of displaced people needing life-saving relief in the crisis-ridden western Sudan region of Darfur jumped 10 per cent in September alone, as international aid agencies hastened to keep pace with the new demands, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said today.

No decision on Cameroon-Nigeria dispute over Bakassi Peninsula – UN

A United Nations commission set up to help Cameroon and Nigeria to implement a World Court judgment on the demarcation of their land and maritime boundaries has decided to refer the dispute over the resource-rich Bakassi Peninsula back to the two countries’ leaders and Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

After 14 years of displacement, Liberians to return home to key areas with UN aid

Six counties in Liberia are ready for the return of people who had been forced to flee up to 14 years previously when fighting engulfed the West African nation, the United Nations peacekeeping mission there has announced.

UN relief official spotlights world’s largest neglected crisis in northern Uganda

Shining the spotlight on what he called the world’s largest neglected humanitarian emergency, a senior United Nations relief official today called on the international community to get more involved in the nearly two-decade-old conflict in northern Uganda.

Security Council expects to meet in Kenya on Sudan’s Darfur crisis – President

The United Nations Security Council is considering holding a two-day meeting next month in Nairobi, Kenya, primarily to discuss the crisis in Darfur, Sudan, the permanent representative of the United Kingdom, which holds the rotating Council presidency for October, said today.

Annan calls for funds, urges African Union to deploy quickly in Darfur, Sudan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the African Union’s decision to send an expanded force of troops and police with a broad mandate to protect monitors, aid workers and civilians in the conflict in western Sudan and he called on countries to contribute urgently and generously to the AU as it prepares to deploy.