Europe

Italian financial investigators to help UN mission root out crime in Kosovo

A team of investigators from Italy will join the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) to help in the fight against financial crime and corruption in the province, the head of the Mission announced today.

Security Council backs plan by war crimes tribunal to refer some cases to national courts

The Security Council today backed a plan by the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to shift responsibility for trying lower-lever officials to national jurisdictions in an effort to complete the court’s work as quickly as possible.

Chechnya: UN aid official concerned over closure of two camps for displaced persons

A top United Nations relief official today voiced concern over the circumstances surrounding the recent closures of two camps in Chechnya, Russian Federation, and the subsequent transfer of their 2,000 residents to temporary accommodations.

Kosovo: UN mission forms energy committee to deal with lightning hit on power plant

Following a lightning strike on a Kosovo power plant, the head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK), Michael Steiner, has announced the formation of an energy committee to deal with the sudden power shortage.

UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia grants provisional release to war crime suspect

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has granted the provisional release of a Serb charged with several counts of crimes against humanity and other war crimes for his alleged involvement in the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the early 1990s.

Georgia: Annan recommends six-month extension for UN observer mission

Citing a "regrettable" lack of progress in jumpstarting negotiations between the Georgian and Abkhaz sides, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended that the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) be extended six months, until 31 January 2003.

Joint project to study human rights situation throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights are teaming up in a project to analyze the human rights situation in 48 municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Annan voices hope for peaceful resolution to issues between Spain and Morocco

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has been following “with concern” recent developments between Morocco and Spain and stands available to help the two countries at their request, a UN spokesperson said today in New York.

Annan welcomes Switzerland’s request to join UN

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed Switzerland’s intention to join the United Nations, saying that the country’s involvement in UN activities and its long-time role as host to many of the organization’s agencies has already given it a “head start” in knowing what it takes to be a member of the UN family.

UN refugee agency concerned about sudden closure of two camps in Chechnya

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed its concern about the recent closing of two camps for displaced people in Chechnya by the Russian authorities and the circumstances surrounding the return of camp residents.