Asia Pacific

Annan holds 'good and constructive' talks in Iran with senior officials

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan held what he termed “very good and constructive” talks with Iranian leaders in Tehran today covering the nuclear issue and regional hotspots.

Afghanistan opium cultivation surges in volatile south, UN drug agency says

Opium cultivation is surging in the troubled southern part of Afghanistan and fuelling insurgency across the region, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported today.

Renewed fighting in Sri Lanka disrupts return of displaced, UN refugee agency says

A new flare-up of fighting in Sri Lanka has disrupted returns to Muttar Town, the scene of recent violence and military operations, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Violence increasing in Timor-Leste, UN refugee agency reports

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is voicing alarm about rising violence in Timor-Leste, where the agency today gave the Government 1,500 family-size tents, plastic sheeting and other relief items to help people affected by unrest earlier this year.

Secretary-General mourns victims of Iran plane crash

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who heads to Iran tomorrow on an official visit, today voiced sadness at the plane crash in Mashhad that reportedly killed scores of people.

UN hails decision by India to send 125 female police officers for peacekeeping

India’s landmark decision to send 125 female police officers, one complete specialized unit, to assist United Nations peacekeeping operations in Liberia in October is an “unprecedented” move that sends a message not only to other post-conflict countries about the importance of having women officers, but also to police contributing nations, senior UN officials said today.