Africa

Côte d'Ivoire: Annan hails return of opposition group to Government

Voicing hope that the peace process in Côte d'Ivoire will gain new momentum, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the return of the opposition Forces Nouvelles to a meeting of the Government of National Reconciliation for the first time since it suspended its participation in September.

UN envoy to advocate for resumption of peace talks on Darfur in western Sudan

The United Nations envoy to Sudan arrives today in N'Djamena, the capital of neighbouring Chad, to press for the resumption of peace talks on the war-torn Darfur region of western Sudan.

Security Council urges political dialogue between Ethiopia and Eritrea

Expressing concern about the lack of progress in marking a boundary between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the United Nations Security Council today called on the two Horn of Africa governments to establish a broad political dialogue that would help to improve their relations.

UN refugee agency gives emergency aid to more than 26,000 Sudanese in Chad

As efforts continue to settle the conflict in southern Sudan, the United Nations refugee agency is working to address the "invisible emergency" that has sent nearly 100,000 Sudanese fleeing into Chad from the western part of their country.

Dialogue fosters stability in Central African Republic but conditions still dire – UN

A national dialogue has served to foster stability in the Central African Republic (CAR) but the security situation remains dire while the economy is precarious, according to a United Nations document released today.

Anticipating peace, UN agency laying groundwork for refugee returns in southern Sudan

Aid workers from the United Nations refugee agency are in Sudan to prepare for what is expected to be one of the largest refugee repatriation operations this year - pending the signing of a peace agreement between the Government and southern rebel groups.

Peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea requires border demarcation, Annan says

Warning that the situation between Ethiopia and Eritrea remains precarious, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on both parties to expedite the demarcation of their common border – a fundamental requirement for peace between the Horn of Africa nations.

UN team heads to eastern Chad to help relocate Sudanese refugees

A six-member team from the United Nations refugee agency is headed to eastern Chad to help relocate tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees from insecure areas near the border with Sudan.