UN mission reports progress in Sierra Leone's disarmament effort

A top United Nations peacekeeping official in Sierra Leone has reported progress in the disarmament process after leading an assessment team to two of the country's districts, the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) said today.

DR of Congo: parties agree on start of inter-Congolese dialogue

Preparatory talks for the Inter-Congolese Dialogue wrapped up today in Gaborone, Botswana, with an agreement on when to begin the actual discussions, a United Nations spokesman said.

As ceasefire holds, UN working to boost peace process between Ethiopia, Eritrea

The situation in the Temporary Security Zone between Ethiopia and Eritrea remains calm without any significant problems to report, a spokesman for UNMEE, the United Nations Mission in the area, said today.

UN refugee agency helps 5,000 Somalis return home from Ethiopia

Nearly 5,000 Somali refugees from camps in eastern Ethiopia have returned home this week to the northwestern part of their country, bringing to nearly 35,000 the total number of Somalis who have returned since the beginning of this year, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Sierra Leone: UN mission helps disarm 16,000 fighters since January

Since the beginning of 2001, the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has assisted the voluntary disarmament of over 16,000 combatants and helped negotiate the release of about 2,600 child soldiers, a Mission official said today in New York.

Hunger threatens half a million Somalis, WFP says

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that more than half a million Somalis faced a serious food crisis following the almost total failure of the main rains in the southern part of the country.

Heavy floods after drought jeopardize food security in Sudan, UN agency warns

Extensive floods following two consecutive years of serious drought in northern Sudan have displaced tens of thousands of people, destroyed crops and aggravated the area's already precarious food supply situation, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

Security Council calls on Somali parties to protect relief workers

Members of the United Nations Security Council today called upon the parties to the conflict in Somalia to respect international humanitarian law and ensure the safety and security of relief workers.

Sierra Leone: UN officials witness disarmament of combatants in northern district

The disarmament process in northern Sierra Leone's Koinadugu District has started with the disarmament of 45 pro-government combatants and the handover of 39 ex-child soldiers, according to UNAMSIL, the United Nations Mission in the country.

UNHCR repatriates Angolan refugees from Republic of Congo

A repatriation convoy carrying over 600 Angolan refugees was set to leave the Republic of Congo for the enclave of Cabinda, an oil-rich piece of Angolan territory separated from the rest of the country by a strip of Congolese terrain, a spokesman for the United Nations refugee agency said today.