Americas

Security Council authorizes three-month Multinational Interim Force for Haiti

Acting just hours after Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned as President of Haiti, the United Nations Security Council this evening unanimously authorized the immediate deployment of a Multinational Interim Force to the troubled nation.

Haiti's current and aspiring leaders will be held to account for any crimes, Annan warns

As Haiti spiraled deeper into violence, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned the country's leaders - and those hoping to govern the turbulent nation - that they are not above the law.

Costa Rican President and UN Secretary-General discuss turmoil in Haiti

The tumultuous situation in Haiti was high on the agenda of talks in New York today between the President of Costa Rica and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

If reports that UN was bugged prove true practice must stop - spokesman

Reacting to today's media reports alleging that Secretary-General Kofi Annan's conversations were tapped by British intelligence, a United Nations spokesman said if this practice exists it should stop.

UN agency calls on Haiti's neighbours to open borders to those fleeing strife

The United Nations refugee agency today urged Haiti's neighbours to open their borders to those forced to flee the worsening civil strife in the Caribbean country.

CARICOM, Haiti appeal to Security Council for help as security worsens

Given its long record of deploying peacekeeping missions, the United Nations has a special responsibility to send a multinational force to Haiti during a rapidly deteriorating political and security crisis, Jamaican Foreign Minister Keith D. Knight told the United Nations Security Council today.

UN Security Council considers options for international involvement in Haiti

Expressing deep concern over the deteriorating political, security and humanitarian situation in Haiti, the United Nations Security Council today pledged to "consider urgently options for international engagement, including that of sending an international force" to support a political settlement.

Annan appoints John Reginald Dumas as his Special Adviser on Haiti

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today that he has appointed Trinidad and Tobago's John Reginald Dumas as his Special Adviser to help tackle Haiti's escalating political, economic and social turmoil.

UNESCO awards press freedom laurel to jailed Cuban journalist

The Cuban journalist and poet Raúl Rivero Castañeda, in jail since last April, was today awarded the annual Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

General Assembly confirms Arbour as High Commissioner for Human Rights

The United Nations General Assembly today approved by acclamation the appointment of Louise Arbour, a Canadian Supreme Court justice and ex-prosecutor for UN war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.