Europe

New vision for global security needed to confront threat of terrorism, Annan says

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for a new vision of global security that would respect human rights, confront the threat of terrorism and draw upon the resources and legitimacy of multilateral cooperation.

UN force in Cyprus should stay additional 6 months, Annan recommends

Although the situation along the ceasefire lines in Cyprus has remained calm over the past few months, the United Nations Peacekeeping Force (UNFICYP) should remain on the island until 15 June 2003, Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommends in a new report released today.

In Croatia, Annan hails country’s emergence from Balkans conflict

Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Croatia today for talks with senior government officials, wrapping up his official visit through the Balkans.

UN welcomes Poland’s decision to admit refugees from Chechnya, Russian Federation

Just days after voicing concern over reports that Poland was closed to asylum-seekers from Chechnya, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today commended Warsaw for admitting those fleeing the war-ravaged Russian republic.

In Balkans, Annan stresses importance of multi-ethnic Kosovo

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan wrapped up his visit to Kosovo today before heading on to Belgrade for meetings with senior Yugoslav officials, including President Vojislav Kostunica.

Annan lauds reform efforts in Yugoslavia

Continuing his official visit to the Balkans, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed efforts by Yugoslavia to reform and strengthen its institutions, and recognized Belgrade's burgeoning relationship with its neighbours and the European Union.

Annan 'very concerned' about response on Cyprus peace proposal

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today voiced serious concern about the overdue response to a proposal he submitted last week to Cypriot leaders in a bid to bridge the gaps between them and break the deadlock in negotiations.

Annan in Kosovo after wrapping up trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Continuing his trip to the Balkans region, Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Kosovo today for talks with senior officials from the province and the United Nations.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: UN leaves legacy of well-trained police force, Annan says

After 10 years in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Nations leaves behind the legacy of a well-trained police force as well as an environment for achieving full normalization in the country, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in Sarajevo.

Visiting damaged Serbian church in Kosovo, UN envoy pledges action against religious vandalism

Visiting two Serbian Orthodox churches in Kosovo which were damaged by vandals overnight, the senior United Nations envoy in the province today pledged action against all forms of religious violence.