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General Assembly condemns coup in Honduras

The General Assembly today condemned this weekend’s coup d’état in Honduras, calling for the restoration of the democratically-elected President and constitutional Government.

Honduras: Ban voices concern over arrest of President

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his deep concern over the situation in Honduras, voicing his strong support for the nation’s democratic institutions and speaking out against the arrest of its constitutional President.

Ban urges restraint to avoid escalation of political tensions in Honduras

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his concern about the political and institutional tensions in Honduras and urged restraint by all concerned to prevent any further escalation.

Assembly President strongly condemns 'attempted coup' in Honduras

General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto today deplored an "attempted coup" against the Government in Honduras, and called on all parties to resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue.

UN operation in Haiti welcomes ‘calm’ Senate elections

The United Nations mission in Haiti has paid tribute to the people of the impoverished country and its security forces for holding well-run Senate elections yesterday.

Cocaine output slashed in Colombia, slight rise in Bolivia, Peru – UN report

Colombia witnessed a dramatic fall in coca cultivation and cocaine production in 2008, thanks in large part to the destruction of over 200,000 hectares of fields growing the illicit drug, according to a United Nations report released today.

Ban urges Guatemalan authorities to support UN-backed probe into illegal militia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the authorities in Guatemala and civil society to support the independent body set up with United Nations help to investigate the activities of illegal armed groups in the Central American nation.

Haiti: UN mission denies responsibility for death of demonstrator

The United Nations mission in Haiti has categorically denied allegations that its forces had fired on a demonstration in the capital, during which one person died.

UN expert voices concern over murders committed by Colombian security forces

An independent United Nations human rights expert today warned that although guerrilla groups in Colombia commit a significant number of murders, more concerning are the so-called ‘false positive’ slayings performed by security forces.

Haiti has best chance in decades for development – UN envoy Bill Clinton

The new United Nations envoy on Haiti, Bill Clinton, today laid out his vision to advance development in the small and impoverished Caribbean nation, stressing that, more than ever before, the country has the opportunity to advance.