Kosovo Albanian parties reach accord on new government; UN welcomes move

The United Nations Security Council and Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed an agreement reached early this morning in Kosovo on the province’s President and Government, breaking the deadlock that had prevented the formation of new governing institutions since last November’s general elections.

Comprehensive approach key to success of peace-building, Annan tells Bundestag

Peace-building – a multifaceted undertaking increasingly assigned to the United Nations – requires comprehensive and long-term efforts in order to succeed, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the German Parliament today.

Annan signs agreement for new UN premises in Bonn

Beginning an official visit to Germany today, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, concluded an agreement on housing UN offices in Bonn and met with the country’s senior officials.

Senior Slovak official named to head UN Economic Commission for Europe

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of a senior official from the Slovak Republic to head the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE).

Annan wraps up official visit to United Kingdom

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today wrapped up his official visit to the United Kingdom after a series of meetings in London to discuss the Middle East and Afghanistan.

UN rights expert welcomes European court judgment on lawyer-accountant partnerships

A United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the recent judgement by the European Community’s court that upheld a Dutch law barring lawyers from entering into professional partnerships with accountants, saying the ruling was even more significant in light of the Enron case and its allegations of serious conflicts of interest.

Cyprus: Security Council members urge ‘spirit of compromise’ during talks

Members of the United Nations Security Council today urged both leaders holding negotiations on Cyprus to approach the resumption of talks on Friday “in a spirit of compromise and with a sense of urgency and political determination, so as to narrow the differences between them,” according to the President of the 15-member body.

UN’s forum on ‘sustainability’ to tackle key issues of human well-being -- Annan

Arguing that “sustainability” was far from an abstract concern, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that an upcoming UN forum in Johannesburg on that issue would grapple with vital problems of how people can improve their lives now without jeopardizing the well-being of future generations.

FAO appeals for $1.5 million for emergency seed distribution in Georgia

Warning of an emergency situation in drought-stricken western regions of Georgia, the United Nations agricultural agency today appealed for $1.5 million to distribute seeds and fertilizer to more than 77,000 households in the affected parts of the country.

UN police arrest two Kosovo murder suspects

In a raid on three apartments in Northern Mitrovica, special teams of the United Nations police detained two Kosovo Serbs suspected in the grenade-attack murder of a Kosovo Albanian in February 2000.