Asia Pacific

Annan urges dialogue in Myanmar as envoy prepares to visit Yangon

Amid new signs of unrest in Myanmar, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today renewed his call for talks between the Government and the opposition, as his envoy prepared to head to the country's capital.

Nepal: UN protests Tibetans’ deportation to China

Calling it a blatant violation of Nepal's obligations under international law, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed grave concern over the fate of 18 Tibetan asylum seekers deported to China despite urgent appeals from the agency and human rights groups not to expel them.

UN refugee agency ‘extremely concerned’ over fate of 18 Tibetans in Nepal

Expressing “extreme concern” over the fate of 18 Tibetans whose return is being demanded by China, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has called on Nepal to release them instead into the agency’s care until their claims can be ascertained.

WHO set to remove Singapore from list of areas with recent local transmission of SARS

The United Nations World Health Organization is set to remove Singapore from the list of areas with recent local transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the agency said today.

UN again suspends mine clearance in parts of Afghanistan

The United Nations has again suspended mine clearance along parts of one of Afghanistan’s most important routes for commerce and relief aid after new attacks and threats to de-mining teams on the road between the capital, Kabul, and the southern city of Kandahar.

Indonesia: Annan deeply concerned about hostilities’ effect on civilians in Aceh

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today voiced deep concern about the impact of the renewed hostilities on civilian populations in Aceh, Indonesia, particularly by the reports of extra-judicial killings and widespread burning of schools.

UN legal counsel preparing to head to Cambodia to finalize deal on Khmer Rouge courts

United Nations Legal Counsel Hans Corell is preparing to travel to Cambodia to finalize an agreement with the government on establishing special courts to try the former leaders of the Khmer Rouge, a UN spokesman said today.

Globalization should benefit all, UN official tells Asia-Pacific information forum

The principal challenge facing the international community is to ensure that globalization becomes a positive force for all the world's people, instead of leaving millions behind in poverty and squalor, a senior United Nations communications official told ministers meeting today in Bangkok to discuss challenges facing the broadcasting industry in Asia and the Pacific.

Annan mourns international staff killed in plane crash after serving in Afghanistan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today paid tribute to the memory of scores of Spanish and a dozen Ukrainian personnel serving in Afghanistan who perished when their aircraft went down after leaving the mission area.

Afghanistan: armed escort accompanies UN mission from Kandahar to camps

Under new measures tailored to the fluctuating security situation in various parts of Afghanistan, armed escorts today accompanied a United Nations team which set out to visit internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country.