UN envoy to Kosovo says 2006 will likely see wrap up of status process

The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo today said the coming year will likely see the end of the process to determine the status of the ethnically divided Serbian province which the world body has administered since 1999.

Student winner of UN journalism prize advocates spotlight on refugees

Returning from a trip to Romania, the winner of a United Nations competition for the best article on asylum-seekers among journalism students in Ireland said it was crucial for journalists to meet refugees and hear their stories.

Annan welcomes France’s airline ticket levy to help developing countries

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the French Parliament’s adoption of a levy on airline tickets to help developing countries and urged others to follow this example.

UN human rights official cautions Uzbek Government on latest trials

The top United Nations’ human rights official today urged the Uzbek government to abide by international legal standards amid reports that dozens of defendants were convicted during closed-door trials held earlier this month.

UN envoy hopes Kosovo parties will discuss decentralization next month

Whatever the final status of the United Nations-administered Serbian province of Kosovo, majority Albanians must discuss decentralization and minority Serbs must participate in the talks, the UN special envoy on the issue said today.

UN expert on torture calls on Germany to prosecute Uzbek Interior Minister

A United Nations expert on torture has called on the German authorities to prosecute Uzbekistan’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Zokirjon Almatov, who is currently in Germany for treatment, after several survivors of torture filed a case against him in the German courts.

UN war crimes tribunals demand more cooperation from States to arrest fugitives

The apparent momentum earlier this year to bring two of the most notorious fugitives from the Balkan wars of the 1990s before the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has ebbed, and there is no serious attempt now to seize them, the court’s Chief Prosecutor told the Security Council today.

UN Security Council once again extends mandate of Cyprus peacekeeping force

The Security Council today extended, through mid-June 2006, the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), which monitors the ceasefire lines extending some 180 kilometres across the island.

Kosovo: UN personnel come under fire as jail break is foiled

A Romanian Special Police Unit working under the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) came under fire yesterday during an unsuccessful prison breakout by 14 inmates in the western part of the province, which the world body has administered since 1999.

UN war crimes court denies Milosevic request for more time to argue his case

Seeking to expedite the judicial process, the United Nations International Criminal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague today decided to deny former President Slobodan Milosevic’s request for more time to argue his case.