Asia Pacific

Annan encourages India, Pakistan to keep up dialogue to resolve differences

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today encouraged the leaders of India and Pakistan to look at their recent talks as the first step in a process towards resolving their differences in the interest of both nations and the entire South Asian region.

East Timor: militia member sentenced in murder of local UN worker

A former East Timorese militia member has been given a 15-year sentence for murdering a United Nations official during the violence that followed the territory's 1999 vote for independence.

Effect of UN sanctions on Afghans limited, as strife, rights abuses take toll: report

United Nations sanctions against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan are taking their toll against the civilian population, but their effects are limited in comparison to the ongoing conflict and other factors, according to a report released today at UN Headquarters in New York.

East Timor sees flurry of political activity ahead of UN-sponsored elections

East Timor's transitional administration saw a flurry of moves today and over the weekend as political activity began to heat up in the half-island territory ahead of the United Nations-sponsored elections next month.

Constitutional hearings draw 30,000 East Timorese, UN mission says

More than 30,000 East Timorese have turned out for a month-long series of public hearings, sponsored in part by the United Nations transitional administration, to solicit views on what should be included in the territory's first constitution.

Assembly pays tribute to its late President, Humayun Choudhury of Bangladesh

The United Nations General Assembly today paid tribute to the memory of one of its former presidents, the late Humayun Rasheed Choudhury of Bangladesh, who presided over its forty-first annual session, which opened in September 1986.

East Timor: head of UN mission pledges security for upcoming elections

The head of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today stressed that the UN would take all precautionary measures to prevent disruption of the territory's upcoming elections.

Deadline passes for challenges to East Timorese election candidates: UN mission

With Wednesday passing as the final deadline for East Timorese to challenge the list of proposed candidates for the upcoming elections, the United Nations transitional administration today said that all political parties and independent candidates had been officially registered.

All 16 political parties registered for 30 August elections, UN says

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today finalized a list of 16 East Timorese political parties eligible to field candidates for the territory's first democratically elected legislative body.

Afghan refugees suffer from growing hostility, UN agency warns

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed concern today about the increasing lack of hospitality - and in some cases downright hostility - towards Afghan refugees, not only in the immediate region, but all across the world.