Chad deplores slow deployment of UN peacekeeping mission

Chad today deplored the delay in deploying the full United Nations peacekeeping mission to its eastern border with Sudan, where the spill-over from the Darfur conflict is undermining already precarious socio-economic development and has led to the recruitment of child soldiers by various armed groups.

Nigeria issues call at UN for reinforced fight against illicit small arms trade

There is an urgent need for a rejuvenated fight against trafficking in small arms, a top Nigerian official said at the General Assembly today, stressing the ties between that trade and piracy and oil smuggling in the Niger Delta.

Guinea: Ban condemns ‘excessive use of force’ against protesters

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the “excessive use of force” after dozens of protesters in Guinea were killed today when security forces opened fire on an opposition rally in the capital, Conakry.

Foreign extremists behind much of the fighting in Somalia, UN debate hears

The fighting and humanitarian suffering that continues to engulf much of Somalia is the work largely of foreign extremists taking advantage of the anarchy that has prevailed in the Horn of Africa country for almost 20 years, the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate has heard.

No impunity for political killers, Guinea-Bissau says at UN Assembly

Determining who is responsible for a series of assassinations of senior political and military figures in Guinea-Bissau earlier this year is essential to consolidating the rule of law in the troubled West African country, its Prime Minister told the General Assembly today as he pledged that there would be no impunity for the perpetrators.

Gabon handling post-election period with maturity, Foreign Minister tells UN debate

The Gabonese people have shown maturity and responsibility in the way they have handled the difficult period following recent presidential elections to succeed their long-running ruler, the country’s Foreign Minister has told the General Assembly.

Burundi pledges at UN to step up support to ensure elections are peaceful

Burundi’s Government is committed to ensuring that highly awaited presidential, parliamentary and local polls scheduled for next year take place peacefully and successfully, and will step up support to election authorities so it can achieve that goal, the country’s Second Vice-President told the General Assembly today.

At UN, Zimbabwe’s leader blasts ‘illegal’ sanctions against his country

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe today strongly condemned the “illegal” sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union (EU) against his country, telling the General Assembly that they are especially harmful in the midst of the current global economic crisis.

UN agency sounds alarm over worsening crisis for Somalis fleeing violence

The mounting humanitarian crisis for millions of Somalis threatens to spiral further out of control as every month sees thousands more pour into already overcrowded makeshift camps and head out on deadly journeys to escape the violent clashes ravaging the country, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.

Côte d'Ivoire thanks UN for restoration of peace

The United Nations played a major role in helping Côte d'Ivoire end its civil war and move along the path to democratic elections, the West African country’s president told the General Assembly today.