Asia Pacific

Nepal seeks UN peace monitoring assistance – spokesman

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged the Security Council to support Nepal’s request for United Nations assistance in its peace process, a spokesman for the world body said today.

Bangladeshi pre-election unrest sparks concern from Secretary-General

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed concern at unrest in Bangladesh ahead of national elections scheduled for January and announced he is dispatching a senior United Nations official to the country this week.

Iran takes steps 'in right direction' on nuclear issue but IAEA still cannot clarify intent, agency chief says

Iran has agreed to a request by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide access to materials related to its uranium enrichment activities, but cooperation is still too limited for any determination regarding its nuclear ambitions, the head of the Agency told its Board of Governors in Vienna today.

Afghanistan: UN agencies call on all sides in conflict to facilitate polio vaccination

United Nations agencies today called on the Afghan Government, military groups and anti-government forces to agree to “Days of Tranquility” for all upcoming anti-polio campaigns, especially in the strife-torn south, where violence has significantly curtailed vaccinators’ mobility, leading to a seven-fold rise in cases this year.

In Thailand, UN agency opens first legal assistance centre for Burmese refugees

The United Nations today opened the first of seven legal assistance centres for tens of thousands of Burmese refugees living in neighbouring Thailand with the aim of providing justice to the victims of violent crimes that plague the border camps.

Nepal: Annan pledges quick assistance following peace accord with Maoist rebels

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged to ensure that United Nations assistance arrives as soon as possible to build on a peace accord signed between the Nepalese Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to end a 10-year civil war that has killed about 15,000 people and uprooted more than 100,000 others.

Afghanistan could return to being a ‘failed State,’ warns Security Council mission chief

Painting a grim picture of increased Taliban violence, growing illegal drug production and fragile State institutions in Afghanistan, the head of last week’s Security Council mission to the strife-torn country warned today it faced becoming a failed State unless the international community fully supports the Afghan recovery effort.

Senior UN counter-terrorism official holds talks with officials in Pakistan

The senior United Nations counter-terrorism official held meetings with senior Pakistani officials in Islamabad today covering a range of critical issues in a bid to help the country better respond to the scourge.

Nepalese deal can translate into ‘long-term peace,’ says UN envoy

The United Nations envoy to Nepal welcomed today’s signing of a comprehensive peace agreement between the Himalayan country’s multi-party Government and the Maoists, saying the pact “promises to convert the ceasefire into long-term peace.”

Afghanistan: UN airlifts aid to flood victims, faces severe shortfall for drought relief

United Nations agencies in Afghanistan moved on three fronts today, airlifting emergency aid to nearly 6,000 flood victims, staging the latest phase of a polio vaccination campaign targeting 7.2 million children, and warning that 2 to 3 million people will be “severely affected” if a $48 million shortfall in food assistance is not met.