Cyprus: UN mission welcomes European Commission’s support for de-mining projects

The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) today lauded the signing of a €4 million contract between the European Commission (EC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to clear remaining mines inside the buffer zone patrolled by the world body.

With fires ravaging Mediterranean, UN agency urges preventive education programmes

With record summer temperatures and hot dry winds turning parts of the Mediterranean into a tinder box, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for education programmes to reduce the risk of wildfires, up to 95 per cent of which are caused by people through arson and negligence.

Montenegro melts tanks into scrap in UN-backed demilitarization initiative

Montenegro, the United Nations’ youngest member, has launched a new demilitarization initiative, ultimately aiming to slash nearly 12 thousand tons of heavy weaponry to 2,000 tonnes and cut the number of ammunition depots from 10 to three under a project co-sponsored by the world body.

Prosecutor for UN Yugoslav tribunal calls for apprehension of fugitives

On the 12th anniversary of the first indictment against two Bosnian Serb leaders charged with genocide and crimes against humanity, the Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today reiterated her call for their apprehension.

Ban Ki-moon urges stronger Georgian-Abkhaz cooperation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for the Government and Abkhaz sides in Georgia to bolster cooperation on security, economic and humanitarian issues.

Two Bosnian Serb paramilitaries to be tried jointly at UN war crimes tribunal

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has decided that, in the interest of justice, two Bosnian Serb paramilitaries charged with multiple crimes – and whose cases are factually very closely related – will be tried jointly.

Bosnian Muslim army chief facing trial at UN war crimes tribunal

The former head of Bosnian Muslim forces during the Balkan wars of the 1990s went on trial today at the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on charges that include murder, rape and torture.

UN envoy urges Security Council to act quickly on Kosovo status

The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo today urged the Security Council to quickly draw up a roadmap for determining the status of the province, which the world body has administered since NATO troops drove out Yugoslav forces amid inter-ethnic fighting in 1999.

Ban Ki-moon urges ‘real engagement’ on Cyprus

Just ahead of the anniversary of an agreement signed by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders on the framework for resuming full negotiations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged “real engagement” on the issue.

UN war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia concerned about escapee in Bosnia

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has expressed concern to authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina about the circumstances surrounding the recent escape from a local jail of a man serving a 20-year sentence for the rape and sexual assault of Muslim women and girls during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.