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25 Bosnian police officers under investigation for prostitution, UN mission says

Officials from the Bosnian Interior Ministry have launched an internal disciplinary investigation against 25 police officers suspected of involvement in prostitution, the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) reported today.

Kosovo: UN mission says no new mass graves discovered

Responding to what it called inaccurate news reports, the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today said it could not confirm the discovery of any new mass grave in Suva Reka, or in the rest of the province.

UN envoy present as direct talks resume in Cyprus

Direct talks in Cyprus between His Excellency Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, and His Excellency Rauf Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader, resumed today in the presence of the Secretary-General's Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: UN mission outlines certification process for police officers

The United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) today outlined the certification process it has designed to ensure that the country's police meet international standards of professional competence and personal integrity, saying those who fall short of those standards would not be allowed to serve.

Expert in development, crime prevention named deputy of UN Kosovo mission

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has announced the appointment of a senior United Nations official as the deputy head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in charge of civil administration.

UNESCO calls for international help to save cultural sites damaged by floods

The head of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has called on the international community to help save the cultural heritage sites in several European towns damaged by the recent floods.

UN refugee agency to resume aid operations in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced plans to restart its operations in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge, where security concerns over bombings forced a suspension of relief efforts two weeks ago.

United Nations condemns abduction of aid worker in Dagestan, Russian Federation

The United Nations, which just over two weeks ago suspended its relief operations in the northern Caucasus over security concerns, has condemned the abduction of an aid worker in Dagestan.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: UN mission concerned at light penalties for human traffickers

The United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) today said it remains concerned at the high level of judicial ineffectiveness in dealing with cases of human trafficking in that country.

Czech Government requests UN help to battle deadly flooding

In a bid to battle deadly flooding that has forced the evacuation of more than 200,000 people, the Government of the Czech Republic has called for international assistance for affected areas in Prague, Bohemia and the north-western part of the country, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).