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New top UN envoy in Kosovo visits flashpoint city of Mitrovica

The new top United Nations envoy for Kosovo, Harri Holkeri, today visited Mitrovica, a flashpoint of tension between ethnic Albanians and Serbs over the past two years, urging the people to break the cycle of violence and seek reconciliation and underlining his own commitment to bring the communities closer.

Former Yugoslav admiral pleads guilty at UN tribunal to violating customs of war

A former Yugoslav admiral, charged before a United Nations tribunal with war crimes for the shelling and bombing of the historic Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik in 1991, pleaded guilty today to an amended indictment of violations of the laws or customs of war, including murder and cruel treatment.

Keep options open for displaced Chechens, urges UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

Oscar®-award winning actress Angelina Jolie, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has concluded a four-day mission to the Russian Federation by calling for all options to be kept open for refugees who do not yet wish to return to Chechnya.

UN envoy condemns Israel's extra-judicial assassinations

The senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Terje Roed- Larsen, today condemned Israel's extra-judicial assassination on Sunday of four Palestinians, when helicopter gun-ships fired missiles into a car in Gaza City, reportedly killing a Hamas militant and three Islamic University students.

UN refugee agency deplores the treatment of displaced Chechens

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has protested against the “unacceptable treatment” of displaced Chechens in Ingushetia, Russian Federation, as authorities there recently forced some refugees to relocate and live in decrepit buildings.

Chechen native added to list of those subject to UN sanctions against Al-Qaida

The United Nations Security Council committee monitoring sanctions imposed against Usama bin Laden and his associates has added a Chechen native to the Al-Qaida section of its consolidated list of persons and entities subject to the measures.

Following shootings, Security Council meets to discuss situation in Kosovo

In the wake of last week's shooting death of two Kosovo Serb teenagers, and the injuring of four others, the United Nations Security Council today met to consider the situation in Kosovo during which participants condemned the brutal killings and expressed concern at the continued violence.

Secretary-General discuss hotspots and multilateralism with Finland's President

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the President of Finland have held talks on a number of the world's most troubled regions as well as the need for a concerted international approach to global problems.

Suspected war criminal Mitar Rasevic detained by UN court

Mitar Rasevic, a suspected war criminal facing charges of murder and torture, has been transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague.

Kosovo: UN official pays tribute to memory of slain Serbian teenagers

The recent killing of two Kosovo Serb teenagers should serve as the impetus to promote reconciliation in the area, a senior United Nations official said at the funeral.