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Security Council urges Sri Lankans to maintain ceasefire after minister’s murder

The United Nations Security Council has called on the parties in Sri Lanka to fully observe the ceasefire agreement between the Government and Tamil separatists following the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.

Annan saddened by death of Spanish military personnel in Afghan crash

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed his sorrow at the helicopter crash that killed 17 Spanish military personnel serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

UN refugee agency launches information campaign for Bhutanese refugees

The United Nations refugee agency this week launched an information campaign to warn Bhutanese refugees trying to go home from camps in eastern Nepal about the pitfalls of trying to make the trip alone.

Sri Lanka: UN tsunami envoy Clinton hopes assassination will not renew fighting

Condemning the “brutal and criminal” assassination of Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, former United States President Bill Clinton, United Nations Special Envoy overseeing recovery efforts from December’s devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, has appealed to the people of the south Asian island state to avoid renewed hostilities.

‘Indispensable’ civil society can help build trust on Korean peninsula – Annan

Praising the crucial role civil society groups play in international affairs, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged Korean and international civic actors meeting in New York to help build the trust, confidence and goodwill necessary to ensure a peninsula free of nuclear weapons and to bring an end to the Korean conflict.

Annan applauds signing of Aceh peace agreement

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed the signing today in Helsinki of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Indonesia Government and the separatist Free Aceh Movement, which is designed to end nearly 30 years of conflict in the province, and he applauded both parties for reaching a peaceful settlement of the dispute through dialogue.

Kyrgyzstan: UN refugee agency continues to seek release of 15 Uzbeks

The United Nations refugee agency said today it was continuing talks with the Kyrgyz Government on the release of 15 Uzbek nationals who fled violence in their homeland in May but remained under detention when more than 400 of their compatriots were airlifted to Romania last month.

UN Children’s Fund helps repatriate underage camel jockeys to Bangladesh

The first group of under-age Bangladeshi camel jockeys, some only four years old, trafficked to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or sent there to earn money for their families, has been repatriated with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Nepal: UN refugee agency to discourage Bhutanese refugees from returning

Following an attack on 300 Bhutanese refugees trying to go home from camps in eastern Nepal, the United Nations refugee agency said today it is launching an information campaign to discourage others from attempting to return on their own.

Secretary-General deplores assassination of Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister

Shocked and saddened to learn that a few hours ago, Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar had been shot and killed in his country's capital, Colombo, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan strongly deplored this "criminal and senseless act" and expressed the hope that the perpetrators will be found and brought to justice.