Asia Pacific

UN envoy calls for action on Afghanistan Compact development plan

As key national and international officials gathered in Kabul to usher forward a major development plan for Afghanistan, the senior United Nations envoy to the country urged determined action to see it through.

IAEA report on Iran sent to Security Council

The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has sent his report on Iran's implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Safeguards Agreement to the United Nations Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors.

Sri Lanka: UN expert urges end to political killings in Government-rebel fighting

A United Nations rights expert has called on the Government of Sri Lanka and separatist Tamil rebels to take urgent measures to end political killings and strengthen human rights protections as the conflict looks set to spiral out of control.

UN agency has ‘no serious concerns’ over Montagnard returnees in Viet Nam

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today it has “no serious concerns” over the conditions of around 200 Montagnards who have returned to Viet Nam from Cambodia, as a senior official from the agency visited Hanoi and agreed with the Government to continue joint cooperation to resolve the issue of the ethnic minority.

'Formidable challenges' remain in tsunami recovery, says UN envoy Bill Clinton

United Nations Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery Bill Clinton said today that despite substantial progress in reconstruction following the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, formidable challenges remain and the former United States President called on all involved in the recovery process to sustain their efforts.

Sri Lanka: Top UN relief official calls on Government, rebels to protect civilians

With violence intensifying between the Government and Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka, the top United Nations relief official today called on both sides to ensure full protection of civilians on the Indian Ocean island, where over 300,000 people have already been uprooted from their homes by the conflict.

UN envoy to Afghanistan says positive trends must spread to south

The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today reported economic growth in the war-ravaged nation, but emphasized that strengthened cooperation with Pakistan is key to stability in their volatile border region.

Nepal: Annan welcomes reinstatement of parliament, Maoist ceasefire

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a recent royal proclamation in strife-torn Nepal reinstating Parliament and said this move, along with a decision by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to declare a ceasefire, opens the door for a political solution to end the decade-old conflict in the Himalayan kingdom.

Nepalese authorities tell UN all detained protesters to be released

The Nepalese authorities have told United Nations human rights officials that all those detained during the recent pro-democracy demonstrations which disrupted the Himalayan kingdom will be released, a UN spokesman said today.

Annan condemns Sri Lanka bombing as 'atrocious' and totally inexcusable

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned the “atrocious” suicide bombing at a military installation in Sri Lanka which killed several army personnel and civilians and seriously wounded the army chief, and called on the Government and Tamil separatists to resume peace talks.