Europe

UN asks Russian authorities to postpone closure of camps for displaced Chechens

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is asking the Russian authorities to postpone their announced impending closures of tent camps in Ingushetia housing thousands of Chechens who were forced to flee violence in their republic.

Annan seeks comments from Cypriot parties

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has contacted the Greek Cypriot leader, Glafcos Clerides, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, seeking their reactions to his plan on Cyprus.

Russia: UN official alarmed at plans to close displaced persons' camp in Ingushetia

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today voiced his alarm at reported plans by Russian authorities to close a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ingushetia this weekend.

Kosovo: UN assumes administrative control over Mitrovica

The top United Nations envoy in Kosovo today visited Mitrovica, the northern city which yesterday he placed under a single municipal administration, establishing UN offices in the previous parallel structures.

Multilateralism needed to confront global ills, Annan says

Since no country has the capacity to deal with global ills on its own, multilateral action – with the United Nations providing a “unique legitimacy” – is essential in order to successfully confront the world’s problems, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in Paris.

Security Council renews UN peacekeeping force for Cyprus through mid-June

Acting on the recommendation of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Security Council today extended the mandate of United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until 15 June 2003.

Four Kosovo Albanians indicted for war crimes - UN mission

Four former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) have been indicted on war crimes charges stemming from their treatment of other Kosovo Albanian civilians in 1998 and 1999, the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in the province (UNMIK) announced today.

UN expert on exploitation of children to meet officials and abuse survivors in France

The United Nations human rights expert on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography will visit France next week at the invitation of the Government.

Annan urges governments not to use immigrants as political scapegoats

Immigrants and refugees should not - and must not - be seen as a burden, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in The Hague upon the launch of a document containing 21 principles for more humane government policies to deal with migrants.

Annan 'encouraged' by reaction to Cyprus plan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan is encouraged by the "generally positive" reaction to his plan on Cyprus, a United Nations spokesman said today.