Europe

UN force helping to facilitate movement of Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots

The United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus today said it was working with both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides to help people move to and from the northern and southern sides of the island.

Annan urges international community to remember victims of Chernobyl disaster

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today made a special plea to the international community to remember the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion 17 years ago in Ukraine – an event which devastated the lives and health of many people for generations to come.

Annan stresses universality and indivisibility of human rights

Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the top United Nations human rights body today that its mission was more important than ever in an era when “war, terror and the threat of political violence have become a much greater part of many peoples’ lives,” an era when “inaction is not an option.”

Annan sees considerable streamlining of UN Oil-for-Food programme for Iraq

Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he expected to see some considerable improvements in the coming weeks in streamlining the United Nations Oil-for-Food programme, which is the only source of rations for 60 per cent of Iraq's population.

Security Council urged to reject calls to end UN interim administration in Kosovo

A senior United Nations official today urged the Security Council to reject calls to end the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), stating that the mission has, and will continue to encourage dialogue and multi-ethnicity in the province, which still has some way to go in establishing independent functioning institutions.

Annan appeals for healing Security Council rifts on Iraq

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed for a healing of the rifts within the United Nations Security Council that marked the run-up to the war in Iraq as the international community now seeks to help that country return to normalcy and rejoin the family of nations.

Annan arrives in Austria in continuation of European trip

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived today in Vienna, set to begin his official visit with Austrian leaders before attending meetings in Switzerland and France later this week.

UN takes steps to address Kosovo's electricity emergency

The top United Nations official in Kosovo has announced a series of emergency measures to deal with the province's electricity problems, including €17.3 million (euros) to repair power plants.

Quality of cooperation among Black Sea countries key to achieving goals - Annan

As Black Sea nations continue efforts to integrate into the European and global trade systems, the degree of collaboration among the countries in addressing a broad spectrum of issues will be a key factor in achieving their goals, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to a regional ministerial meeting set to open today in Armenia.

Annan calls for joint UN-EU action to heal rifts caused by Iraq war

Addressing the assembled leaders of the 25 states of the enlarged European Union (EU), United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today it was vital to heal the rifts in the international community caused by the war in Iraq, declaring that the EU and UN must work together for the good of the world.