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UN tribunal releases Kosovo Albanian suspect after mistaken identity claim

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) ordered the immediate release today of a Kosovo Albanian indicted for war crimes in the murder and torture of Serb and Albanian civilians following a defence claim of mistaken identity.

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agree to meet Annan again for final talks

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders today agreed to an invitation by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to meet on 10 March in The Hague to give him a definitive response to a plan that would enable a reunited Cyprus to join the European Union (EU) later this year.

UN tribunal sentences former Bosnian Serb president to11 years

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today sentenced former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic to 11 years in prison for crimes against humanity.

Annan meets with Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders in bid to finalize deal

In a final push to reach an agreement that would enable a reunited Cyprus to join the European Union (EU) later this year, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today met with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders for face-to-face talks on the issue.

Arriving in Cyprus, Annan stresses urgency of finalizing deal

Arriving in Cyprus today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan underscored the urgency of completing a deal that would enable a reunited country to join the European Union (EU) later this year.

Annan arrives in Greece continuing efforts to finalize Cyprus deal

Continuing efforts to finalize a deal to enable a united Cyprus to join the European Union (EU) later this year, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived today in Greece, where he stressed adherence to the goal of reaching agreement by end of this month.

In Turkey, Annan says time is short but Cyprus deal still possible

Despite the short time left, a deal still could be reached to enable a united Cyprus to join the European Union later this year, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in Turkey, where he is kicking off a tour of the region in a late push to finalize such an accord before a Friday deadline.

Serb politician transferred to UN war crimes tribunal detention centre

Serbian politician Vojislav Seselj was transferred today to the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague, where he is awaiting his initial appearance before the court on charges of crimes against humanity, and other crimes including participation in war propaganda and incitement of hatred towards non-Serb people.

Netherlands donates $8.4 million to UN agency for urban development

In a bid to support work in urban development, especially the provision of water and sanitation, the Government of the Netherlands has donated $8.4 million to a two-year partnership with the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT).

UN renews efforts for Georgian-Abkhaz peace

Renewing efforts to reach a peace settlement to the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict, the United Nations hosted a meeting of interested parties, which put forward a set of proposals on economic, humanitarian, political and security issues.