Asia Pacific

First East Timor militiaman sentenced for crimes during 1999 popular consultation

An East Timor special panel for serious crimes has sentenced a former militia member to four years in prison for his role in a murder during the violent aftermath of the 1999 United Nations-run popular consultation.

As Afghanistan observes 'day of mourning,' UN continues aiding quake-hit areas

Afghanistan observed a national day of mourning today for the victims of Monday's devastating earthquake as the United Nations continued rushing assistance to the affected areas.

Backing Annan's plan, Security Council sets up new UN mission in Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously today to establish a UN assistance mission for Afghanistan, endorsing the mandate and structure laid out earlier this month by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Links between globalization, human development stressed in new UN report on South Asia

Despite the promises of globalization, about half a billion people in South Asia experienced a decline in their incomes during the '90s, compared to only a small minority of the educated urban population that benefited from the region's economic growth, according to a new United Nations report on development in the area.

Annan applauds Papua New Guinea Government, Bougainville sides on parliament vote

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today warmly congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Bougainville parties on the successful outcome of an historic vote in the Parliament that had given legal effect to the Bills implementing the Bougainville Peace Agreement of 30 August 2001.

UN brings aid to quake-stricken parts of Afghanistan; Karzai visits epicentre

As the United Nations and its partners continued rushing aid to people affected by Monday’s devastating earthquake in Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, the Chairman of the Interim Administration, today led a group of Cabinet ministers to the stricken area for a first-hand assessment of relief needs.

Afghanistan: Security Council consults on new UN mission, aims to act soon

After meeting in closed-door consultations on the situation in Afghanistan, particularly the establishment of a new United Nations assistance mission in the country, members of the Security Council today expressed hope to act soon on a draft resolution submitted by France.

In wake of devastating Afghan earthquake, UN rushes in to assess damage, bring aid

Amid reports of the rising toll in the wake of a series of devastating earthquakes in Afghanistan, United Nations relief agencies today moved urgently to assess the damage and provide humanitarian aid as top UN officials voiced their sympathies for the victims of the disaster and called for international support to assist the nation.

East Timor approves key regulations on public transport, broadcasting

East Timor’s Council of Ministers today passed new regulations setting up legal frameworks for future public transportation and broadcasting systems, which in the latter’s case would replace the radio and television services currently provided by the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET).

Security Council discusses future UN presence in Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council today held a daylong discussion on the situation in Afghanistan as it focused on the latest report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan outlining the concept for a future UN presence in the country.