Chair of UN sanctions committee urges compliance with Somalia arms embargo

The Chairman of the Security Council sanctions committee on Somalia today urged all Member States and international organizations and entities to adhere to the arms embargo against the country.

Annan pledges UN's continued support for West African security, development

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged that the United Nations would continue to work actively with West African countries in numerous areas, particularly in peace and security and socio-economic development.

Latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa spreads to Republic of Congo, WHO says

The latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa has spread to the Republic of the Congo, the United Nations health agency reported today.

Security Council extends ban on import of Sierra Leone rough diamonds

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday approved an 11-month extension of its ban on imports of rough diamonds from Sierra Leone that aims to reduce the role played by the illicit trade in diamonds in fuelling the conflict in the country.

DR of Congo: Security Council condemns plundering of natural resources

Condemning the continued plundering of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Security Council today extended the mandate of an expert group mandated to explore ways of addressing the problem.

Security Council welcomes establishment of new UN office for West Africa

The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the establishment of a new Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, saying the envoy would help to better harmonize UN efforts in the region.

UN deployment leads to more security, economic revival in Sierra Leone – report

The full deployment of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has led to a secure environment, with increased freedom of movement, gradual return of refugees and a resurgence of economic activity in the provinces, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a just-released report.

As tensions rise between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Annan urges both to show restraint

Tensions are rising between the formerly warring countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea, according to a new report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who urges both sides to exercise restraint and pursue peace.

Guinea-Bissau remains source of 'deep concern' - Annan

The political situation in Guinea-Bissau remains difficult and volatile and is a source of "deep concern," according to a report by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in which he appeals to all political actors to resolve their differences through dialogue and within the framework of the country's constitution.

West Africa: amid progress, region remains volatile, Security Council told

Despite some improvements, the situation in West Africa remains volatile, requiring an integrated international response, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today at the outset of its extensive debate on the sub-region.