Next round of UN-backed Western Sahara talks slated for next week

The next round of informal talks between the parties to the conflict over Western Sahara will take place from 21 to 23 January in New York, the United Nations announced today.

Tunisia: UN experts urge end to use of excessive force against protesters

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today urged the Tunisian Government to control the use of force against peaceful demonstrators, after 21 deaths were officially confirmed over a two-day period between 8 and 9 January.

UN has 'concrete intelligence' of ex-Ivorian president's incitement to violence

The United Nations has “concrete intelligence” that the former Côte d'Ivoire president, who refuses to step down despite his election defeat, is inciting violence against its peacekeepers and his own countrymen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, again raising the prospect of a trial by the International Criminal Court.

South Sudan independence vote proceeding smoothly so far – UN officials

With one day left to go in the historic referendum on the future of Southern Sudan, United Nations officials today voiced their satisfaction at the strong turnout and smooth proceedings witnessed so far during the week-long polls.

Somalia: UN calls for greater international support for African peacekeepers

The United Nations today called for international financial and other support to help the UN-backed African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia (AMISOM) regain full control of Mogadishu, the war-torn country’s embattled capital, from Al-Shabaab and other Islamist groups.

UN, African officials call on Niger to hold free and fair elections

Members of a joint United Nations-African delegation concluded their two-day visit to Niger today by calling for the holding of free and fair legislative and presidential elections later this month.

Niger: UN, African officials assess progress towards democratic poll following coup

A joint United Nations-African mission arrived in Niger today to assess progress by the transitional authorities in organizing elections following last year’s coup and a recent wave of arrests.

Three crew members of UN humanitarian air service abducted in Darfur

Three Bulgarian crew members working for the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) were abducted in Darfur today, just over one month after three of their colleagues were freed after more than a month in captivity.

UN panel continues tour of polling centres on fifth day of South Sudan referendum

The United Nations panel tasked with monitoring the long-awaited referendum on the future status of Southern Sudan continued visiting polling centres in the region today, the fifth day of the week-long exercise.

Côte d’Ivoire: Ban warns of consequences for those attacking UN peacekeepers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned forces loyal to the outgoing Côte d’Ivoire president, who has refused to step down despite his election defeat, that they will be held accountable for their criminal attacks on United Nations peacekeepers in the country.