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Wrapping up trip to Kosovo, Security Council team hails ‘substantial progress’

A Security Council delegation headed to Belgrade today after a weekend of meetings in Kosovo, with the head of the mission saying the group was impressed by the advances made in the province.

Security Council mission set to travel to Kosovo, Belgrade

A team from the United Nations Security Council is set to travel this evening to Kosovo and Belgrade for talks with senior officials in both places, a UN spokesman said today in New York.

Cyprus: opportunity missed, but parties willing to continue negotiations, UN reports

Following recent intensive consultations on Cyprus by the Secretary-General's Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto, the United Nations today reported that although it has not proved possible to achieve a comprehensive settlement, the parties' positions have never been closer and agreement seemed possible up until the last minute.

Foundation set for modern police force in Bosnia and Herzegovina, UN envoy says

The foundations are now in place for a modern, democratic, non-political police force in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the next step being the long-term establishment of the rule of law, the United Nations envoy to the country said today as the world body prepares to wrap up its operations there at the end of the year.

Reporter does not have to testify, UN war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia rules

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has granted special legal protection for reporters working in conflict zones, requiring them to testify only in cases where it finds that the evidence sought by the party seeking the journalist’s testimony is “direct and important” to the core issues of the case.

Security Council, Annan praise UN observer mission in Prevlaka as mandate nears end

As the mandate of the United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka (UNMOP) draws to a close, both the Security Council and Secretary-General Kofi Annan today praised the work of the operation, which for 10 years has monitored the withdrawal of forces from the strategic peninsula.

UN envoy continuing 'intensive' talks in Copenhagen on Annan's Cyprus proposal

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's top advisor for Cyprus continued his work in Copenhagen today as part of the intensive consultations going on regarding the revised proposal put forward earlier this week by the UN leader, a UN spokesman said today in New York.

Security Council voices appreciation for successful end to UN's Bosnia mission

The Security Council today expressed its deep appreciation for the cooperative efforts that brought about the successful conclusion of the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH), the mandate of which expires on 31 December.

UN envoy holds talks on revised proposal for resolving Cyprus problem

Talks have taken place on the revised proposal put forward by Secretary-General Kofi Annan for resolving the Cyprus problem, a UN spokesman said today in New York.

Greece: UN refugee agency concerned at possible problems in asylum procedures

Reacting to the “extraordinary drop” in the numbers of refugees being recognized in Greece, the United Nations today voiced concern that the trend may reflect a serious problem in the country’s asylum procedure.