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Top UN refugee official in Afghanistan to discuss returns to north

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, arrived today in northern Afghanistan, where he met with government officials to discuss ways to help displaced Afghans return to their communities.

Deputy UN rights chief set to visit central Asia

A top United Nations rights official is headed to Kazakhstan and four other Central Asian countries where he will reopen high-level discussions on the promotion and protection of human rights.

Afghanistan: UN aid operations in north suspended due to insecurity

United Nations aid operations in northern Afghanistan have been suspended because of factional skirmishes in the area, a spokesman for the UN mission in that country said today.

IAEA deplores alleged restart of nuclear facility in DPR of Korea

Reacting to news reports that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has restarted its nuclear reactor at Nyongbyong, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today deplored such moves and said restarting the “unsafeguarded” facility shows the country’s disregard for its treaty obligations.

Envoy pledges UN's continued support for reconciliation efforts in Korean peninsula

A top United Nations envoy is headed to China and the Russian Federation after wrapping up a visit this week to the Republic of Korea (ROK), where he met with the new President, Roh Moo-hyun, and other senior officials, a UN spokesman said today.

UN captures suspect in deadly minibus attack in Timor-Leste

The United Nations peacekeeping force (PKF) in Timor-Leste today captured a man suspected of involvement in the recent deadly attacks on vehicles near the border with West Timor.

New group added to Security Council list of Al-Qaida operatives under UN sanctions

The United Nations Security Council committee monitoring sanctions imposed against the Taliban has added an organization in the Kurdish-controlled area of north-eastern Iraq to its extensive list of entities and persons subject to the sanctions because of their links to the group or other terrorist operatives.

Timor-Leste, not UN, indicts Indonesian general for war crimes

Contrary to published reports, Timor-Leste, and not the UN, has indicted former Indonesian military chief General Wiranto for his role in the violence surrounding the 1999 popular consultation on East Timorese independence, UN officials have stressed.

UN rights chief praises Pakistan's commitment to ensure respect for civil liberties

The top United Nation human rights official today expressed satisfaction at Pakistan's stated commitment to a clear policy of ensuring respect for human rights in all spheres of public and private life.

UN legal counsel heading to Cambodia for talks on Khmer Rouge court

The United Nations Legal Counsel, Hans Corell, will head to Cambodia next month for negotiations with that country's authorities on an agreement for a special court to try the former leaders of the Khmer Rouge, a UN spokesman said today in New York.