First group of UN advisers to be deployed in strife-torn Darfur ‘in the next few days’

The first group of United Nations police advisers and military officers will be deployed in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region over the next few days, the UN said today, after agreement was reached in talks with the Sudanese Government and African Union (AU) that paves the way for the eventual deployment of thousands of peacekeepers.

Following deadly fuel pipeline blast in Nigeria, Annan offers UN disaster prevention help

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reacted with sadness to the news of a fuel pipeline explosion that killed hundreds of people in Nigeria, and pledged the world body’s help in efforts to prevent other disasters from occurring in West Africa.

As Somalia fighting flares, Annan calls African leaders while envoy urges Council to act

With conflict in Somalia now involving Ethiopian air strikes and hundreds of wounded, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today telephoned Ethiopia’s Prime Minster and Kenya’s leader to try and halt the escalating violence, while the UN envoy to the war-ravaged country urged the Security Council to call on all sides to immediately halt the fighting.

Chad: UN refugee chief calls for international presence to protect hundreds of thousands

The head of the United Nations refugee agency today visited strife-torn eastern Chad, calling for a stronger international presence to protect hundreds of thousands of Sudanese fleeing war in their homeland, Chadians displaced by the spreading violence, and aid workers trying to maintain a vital lifeline to the victims of the conflict.

Security Council extends term of UN office in Sierra Leone as elections approach

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) by another year and agreed to temporarily increase its staff numbers to help with presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for next July.

Annan ‘deeply concerned’ at Libyan death sentences for foreign health workers

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced his deep concern at the death sentence imposed by a Libyan court on five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor for the alleged intentional transmission of HIV/AIDS to hundreds of children.

Situation in Burundi ‘fragile,’ Annan warns as UN troops prepare to leave

As the United Nations prepares to wind down its peacekeeping operation in Burundi and replace it with an integrated office, Secretary-General Kofi Annan is warning that human rights abuses, political tensions and other “troubling developments” could cause the hard-won peace process there to unravel.

Darfur: Annan hopeful of Sudanese green light to deployment of hybrid UN force

Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he was hopeful Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir would indicate as early as tomorrow that he has agreed to a full ceasefire in the war-torn Darfur region and to the eventual deployment of a hybrid force of United Nations and African Union (AU) peacekeepers.

Upsurge in Somali fighting prompts concern from Security Council and Annan

The Security Council and Secretary-General Kofi Annan today each voiced grave concern at the recent intensified fighting in Somalia between the strife-torn country’s Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) and the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC).

UN AIDS programme calls on Libya to review death sentences on foreign health workers

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has called on Libyan courts to review the death sentence imposed on five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor for the alleged intentional transmission of HIV to hundreds of children in light of evidence showing that the virus circulated before the health workers’ arrival.