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UN tribunal grants early release to former Bosnian Serb detention camp guard

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today released a Bosnian Serb convicted last year of war crimes committed while serving as a detention camp guard.

Cyprus: Clerides and Denktash accept Annan's invitation to meet in September

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have accepted an invitation by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to meet him later this year "to take stock and see if a course can be charted for the way ahead," a UN spokesman announced today.

UN sees progress in Kosovo, Security Council told

While Kosovo has made progress over the past few months, the province still has a way to go in meeting the benchmarks set to help it to begin the process of determining its future status, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

UN tribunal withdraws indictment against former Yugoslav army commander

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has withdrawn an indictment against a former Yugoslav army commander for lack of evidence.

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping operation in Georgia through January 2003

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) through January 2003, while calling for specific actions by both sides to improve current conditions and achieve a lasting political settlement.

UN suspends aid operations in north Caucasus after relief worker is abducted

The United Nations today said it has suspended humanitarian operations in the Republic of Chechnya, Russian Federation, after a senior aid worker was recently abducted from the area.

Kosovo making progress in security, inter-ethnic relations, Annan reports

While Kosovo has seen progress over the last few months, most notably in safety and inter-ethnic relations, the United Nations mission still needs to be able to extend its authority throughout the province, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report released today.

Milosevic at severe risk from heart problems, UN tribunal told

Slobodan Milosevic, on trial at the United Nations war crimes tribunal for genocide and other charges, is at severe risk from heart problems and should reduce his workload, according to a medical report on the former Yugoslav President requested by the court.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: UN mission continuing probe into kidnapping of 6 women

The United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) today said it was continuing its investigation into the recent kidnapping of six women, five of whom were released yesterday and reported suffering abuse in captivity.

Security Council recommends Switzerland for UN membership

The Security Council today recommended that Switzerland be admitted as a member of the United Nations during the fifty-seventh session of the UN General Assembly, which will convene in New York in September.