Europe

Kyrgyzstan: UN calls for greater stability after peaceful presidential poll

United Nations officials today commended the people of Kyrgyzstan for their peaceful conduct of presidential elections yesterday, saying the polls were a demonstration of the people’s support for stability and urging political leaders in the Central Asian country to resolve disputes in accordance with the law.

UN war crimes tribunal jails Serb leader again over contempt of court

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today sentenced the leader of the Serb Radical Party – already facing trial on charges of crimes against humanity – to 18 months in jail after finding him guilty of contempt of court for a second time.

Cyprus: First day of talks positive and productive, UN says

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have held "positive, productive and vigorous" discussions during the first of two days of talks between the leaders and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a senior United Nations envoy said tonight.

UN refugee agency begins emergency airlift for quake victims in eastern Turkey

The United Nations refugee agency has launched an emergency airlift to bring tents, blankets and other vital relief supplies for the victims of the deadly earthquake that struck eastern Turkey earlier this week.

Proposed Norwegian law puts indigenous peoples’ rights at risk – UN expert

A United Nations expert urged Norway today to strongly reject the proposal by one of its parties to repeal key laws and policies designed to protect indigenous groups, saying its approval would represent an “enormous setback for the recognition and protection of human rights in the country.”

UN sends aid to earthquake-affected people in Turkey

United Nations agencies said today they have sent relief materials to Turkey to assist those affected by the earthquake that killed hundreds of people on Sunday and damaged thousands houses, rendering thousands of people in south-eastern part of the country homeless.

Azerbaijan wins final vacancy on Security Council

Azerbaijan will become a member of the Security Council for the first time in its history after winning the final vacancy on the 15-member body during voting today in New York.

Quake spotlights room for Turkey to improve building practices – UN official

The deadly earthquake that has struck Turkey’s southeast highlights the importance of providing incentives for the construction of safe buildings and establishing preventive and response measures in the world’s most dangerous quake zones, a senior United Nations official said today.

Ban voices sympathy, offers UN help after deadly quake in Turkey

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and destruction in Sunday's earthquake in eastern Turkey and pledged the readiness of the United Nations to assist if requested.

Ban welcomes Basque group ETA’s decision to end armed campaign

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announcement by the Basque separatist group ETA that it would end its protracted campaign of violence.