Europe

UN tribunal terminates provisional release of former Croatian Commander

The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes of the Balkan wars of the 1990s has ordered the arrest of a former Croatian commander for violating the terms of his provisional release by leaving his designated residence to go on a hunting trip without permission.

UN agency reports surge in asylum seekers as Poland joins Schengen Zone

Poland has witnessed a sharp rise in the number of asylum seekers in the latter part of this year, particularly Chechens and Ingush from Russia, owing to fears that the country’s accession to the European border-free zone today will lead to stricter controls, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Portugal agrees to enforce sentences imposed by UN war crimes tribunal

Portugal today became the thirteenth European country to agree to enforce a sentence imposed by the United Nations war crimes tribunal that was set up to deal with the worst crimes committed during the Balkan wars in the 1990s.

Bosnian Muslim army chief placed under house arrest by UN war crimes tribunal

A judge at the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes of the Balkan wars of the 1990s today ordered that the former head of the Bosnian Muslim forces be placed under house arrest after he violated the terms of his temporary release from jail by discussing his case with someone other than his lawyers.

Security Council discusses Kosovo’s future status

The Security Council today held a private debate over the future status of Kosovo, a Serbian province where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by nine to one.

UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus extended until June 2008

Reaffirming that the status quo on the Mediterranean island is unacceptable, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until next June.

Two Kosovo figures on trial temporarily released by UN war crimes tribunal

A former prime minister of Kosovo and a senior commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the conflict in the province, each facing trial at the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes of the Balkan wars of the 1990s, have been granted temporary release from jail during the court’s annual winter recess.

Kosovo status talks failed to produce agreement, says report to Security Council

Belgrade and Pristina have been unable to reach agreement on the final status of Kosovo, the Serbian province administered by the United Nations since 1999, despite four months of intense and high-level negotiations, according to a report just submitted to the Security Council.

General who led siege of Sarajevo jailed for 33 years by UN war crimes tribunal

A former Bosnian Serb army general who commanded much of the prolonged siege of Sarajevo has been sentenced to 33 years in prison by the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Amid rising Georgian-Abkhaz tensions, Secretary-General Ban urges restraint

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for calm and restraint in the face of the current tensions between the two sides to the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict.