Africa

In a milestone, UN sets up temporary security zone on Eritrea/Ethiopia border

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in Eritrea and Ethiopia today officially established a Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) along the countries' common border, representing a "milestone" in the resolution of the conflict between the two East African States, according to the head of the UN mission.

Burundi: Security Council members concerned over reported coup

Members of the United Nations Security Council today followed with concern reports of a coup in Burundi, according to the body's current President.

Annan urges Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia to engage in dialogue to end conflict

Against the backdrop of a disintegrating humanitarian and security situation at the borders between Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the warring parties to meet to address the conflict's underlying causes.

Angola: UN panel recommends measures to deal with 'sanctions busters'

A United Nations panel dealing with sanctions on Angolan rebels has recommended tightening regulations governing the activities of arms brokers and establishing an international register of companies involved in "sanctions-busting."

Abuja summit to back plan on fighting HIV/AIDS, UN African commission says

A continent-wide plan for fighting AIDS in Africa will be endorsed by next week's Summit meeting on infectious diseases in Abuja, Nigeria, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) announced today.

DR of Congo: UN mission to resume deployment to Kisangani on Friday

The deployment of United Nations peacekeepers in the Congolese town of Kisangani will resume on Friday morning, according to an arrangement reached today between the UN mission and the rebel group that had blocked the arrival of the 120-member Moroccan contingent on Sunday.

Security Council urges parties in DR of Congo to stick to disengagement schedule

Members of the United Nations Security Council today stressed the need for all warring armies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to stick to the schedules established for the disengagement of troops, regardless of concerns about another party's compliance with the process.

UN Mission signs agreement with Eritrea on militia and police

The United Nations today signed an agreement with Eritrea outlining the rules of interaction between UN peacekeepers and Eritrean law enforcement and security elements.

Kenya: fighting in refugee camp kills seven Sudanese, UN reports

Calm has returned to a refugee camp in Kenya after recent deadly fighting prompted relief workers to withdraw from the site, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.

UNHCR set to move Sierra Leoneans out of Guinea's volatile "Parrot's Beak"

Moving quickly to beat the upcoming rainy season and possible instability in an insecure area, the United Nations refugee agency is preparing to transport tens of thousands of Sierra Leoneans out of camps in Guinea's volatile "Parrot's Beak" region, a UN spokesman announced today.