Europe

Europe not deluged by ‘bogus’ asylum-seekers, new UN statistics show

Responding to what it described as “somewhat frenzied” political debate in a number of European countries concerning migrants, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today issued new statistics showing a sharp drop in the number of people seeking asylum on the continent.

Annan pays tribute to late Swedish diplomat Gunnar Jarring, veteran of UN affairs

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today paid tribute to Gunnar Jarring, a distinguished Swedish diplomat and veteran of UN affairs who died on Thursday at the age of 94.

Europe can do more to aid developing world, UN food agency chief says

The head of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today called on European countries to provide more support for farmers and fishermen in developing countries.

UN tribunal grants provisional release to Bosnian Serb suspect

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today granted provisional release to Dragan Jokic, a Bosnian Serb charged with involvement in the summary execution of thousands of Bosnian Muslims in the Srebrenica enclave.

Security Council deplores Kosovo Assembly's action on border pact

Reaffirming its earlier statements and decisions, the United Nations Security Council today said that the Kosovo Assembly had overstepped its authority when it passed a recent measure dealing with a border pact.

Annan to visit Ukraine, Russia, Switzerland and Italy in early June

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, will pay his first-ever visit to Ukraine in early June, a UN spokesman announced today.

Security Council backs UN envoy veto of Kosovo Assembly's measure on border pact

In a move that drew the backing of the United Nations Security Council, the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today vetoed a resolution adopted by the province's Assembly on the grounds that the legislative body had exceeded its powers by passing a measure on a border accord.

Annan names senior Swiss diplomat as new head of UN mission in Georgia

The United Nations today announced the appointment of a senior diplomat from Switzerland as Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Georgia and the head of the UN mission in the country.

Security Council calls on Kosovo leaders to work 'constructively' with UN mission

Security Council members today called on Kosovo’s elected leaders to work “constructively and in full cooperation” with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK) for the full implementation of resolution 1244, which calls for the development of provisional institutions of self-government.

Kosovo: UN outlines principles for return of displaced persons, refugees

Setting forth the basic principles for displaced persons and refugees to go back to Kosovo, the head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in the province (UNMIK) today made public a conceptual outline on the right of sustainable returns.