UN envoy says Kosovo Serbs harmed their cause by not voting

Kosovo’s Serbs “shot themselves in the foot” with their low turnout in last week’s municipal elections, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative to the province said today in Belgrade.

Russian Federation: UN food agency renews aid programme for displaced Chechens

Responding to ongoing turmoil in the Caucuses, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced plans to renew its emergency food assistance drive for internally displaced and economically vulnerable people in Chechnya and the neighbouring Republic of Ingushetia.

UN police hold suspect in connection with murder of local official in Kosovo

Following a deadly attack which marred an otherwise peaceful climate as elections were held in Kosovo over the weekend, United Nations police in the province are holding a suspect in connection with the murders, a spokesman for the world body announced today.

Relieved at end of Moscow hostage crisis, Annan mourns those who died

Reacting to the end of the hostage crisis which has rocked Moscow in recent days, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the terrorist practice and extended condolences to all those affected.

Safety procedures at Russian smallpox lab satisfy UN health agency

A team of experts appointed by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has inspected a smallpox research laboratory in the Russian Federation, concluding that safety concerns are being addressed, the agency announced today.

Top UN officials urge release of hostages in Moscow

Reacting to the hostage situation in Moscow, top United Nations officials today voiced their concern for the detainees and urged the abductors to release them immediately without harm.

UN war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia urges States to help arrest suspects

With several accused war criminals from the former Yugoslavia still at large, including a number of high-ranking military and political officials, the United Nations court charged with prosecuting them is calling on all States to fully cooperate in its work.

Security Council says Moscow hostage situation threatens international peace

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the hostage situation in Moscow, as well as other recent terrorist acts in other countries, saying that it regarded such activities as a threat to international peace and security.

Kosovo: Security Council calls on all voters to take part in tomorrow’s elections

Welcoming the progress in preparing for tomorrow’s municipal elections in Kosovo, the Security Council today called on province’s eligible voters, including those from minority communities, to take part in the polls and seize the chance to have their interests properly represented.

UK development official says UN must be strengthened to meet current challenges

The international community should increase its backing for the United Nations in order to meet present-day global challenges, Clare Short, the United Kingdom's Secretary of State for International Development, said today.