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Former Yugoslav security agent transferred to UN war crimes tribunal

A former senior Yugoslav intelligence agent was transferred from Serbia to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague today to face charges of crimes against humanity for murder and ethnic cleansing of Croats and Muslims in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the court said.

Kosovo: UN envoy says Balkan border security needed to boost economy

The top United Nations official in Kosovo has called on western Balkan countries to ensure secure borders in order to solve their economic difficulties, including unemployment.

UN marks 10-year anniversary of war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia

Ten years after the Security Council set up a tribunal to prosecute war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia, it can be "justly proud" of the important achievements in recording the crimes that scarred the Balkans in the 1990s, the president of the United Nations court said today.

Set of 29 mortal remains in Serbia repatriated to Kosovo - UN

A group of 29 mortal remains believed to belong to Kosovars who had been in Serbia proper is expected to be handed over Friday to family representatives, the United Nations mission in Kosovo said today.

European ministers sign UN-supported agreement to conserve untouched forests

Ministers from Central and Eastern Europe today signed an agreement that aims to conserve the region's greatest reserve of untouched forests and large carnivores while benefiting isolated mountain communities, the United Nations environment agency said.

UN tribunal accepts guilty plea of Serb commander during Srebrenica siege

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today accepted a guilty plea from a Bosnian Serb commander during the 1995 siege of Srebrenica on charges of persecution as a crime against humanity.

Annan commends European ministers’ efforts on environmental issues

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today commended European ministers meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, for their efforts to keep environmental issues high on the international agenda, saying it demonstrates that through cooperation the international community can build a better and greener world for future generations.

UN tribunal gives prosecutors 100 extra days to wrap up case against Milosevic

Judges in Slobodan Milosevic's war crimes trial underway at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) have given prosecutors an additional 100 trial days to complete their case against the former Yugoslav president.

Former Yugoslav army officer set to appear before UN tribunal

A former Yugoslav army officer will make his initial appearance tomorrow before the United Nations International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on multiple counts of war crimes allegedly committed during the 1991 assault on Vukovar.

UN tribunal rules amended so short-term judges can help with pre-trial hearings

The Security Council today amended the rules of the United Nations International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) so that its pool of short-term judges - each formally assigned to one specific case - might also participate in pre-trial proceedings in other cases during the period of their appointment.