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Former Bosnian Serb army officer granted temporary leave by UN tribunal

A former senior officer in the Bosnian Serb army facing trial at the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes of the Balkan wars of the 1990s has been granted temporary release from jail so he can attend a memorial service for his father.

Three Serbs temporarily released from jail by UN war crimes tribunal

Three men 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 and allowed to return to Serbia while the court is on its annual winter recess.

Secretary-General laments lack of progress on implementing Cyprus agreement

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides have made no progress in the past six months in implementing the July 2006 agreement aimed at establishing the framework for a political process so that full-fledged negotiations on solving the Cyprus problem can begin, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says.

Ban Ki-moon receives Contact Group report on Kosovo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received the report of the ‘Contact Group’ of countries working to address the status of Kosovo, the Serbian province which has been run by the United Nations since 1999.

Greece, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to hold UN-led talks on name

Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have agreed to hold a fresh round of direct talks next month over the official name of the latter country and related issues following consultations by a United Nations envoy in the two capitals this week.

Senior UN envoy certifies election results in Kosovo

The top United Nations envoy to Kosovo today certified election results for the Assembly of the Serbian province where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by about nine to one.

UN envoy meets with officials in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

A United Nations envoy today met with officials from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia today to discuss the official name of the country and related issues.

Cooperation between UN and OSCE stronger than ever, says Ban Ki-moon

Whether it is collaboration on Kosovo or cooperation to address common economic and security challenges, the ties between the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are stronger today than ever before, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level gathering of the group in Madrid.

UN Population Fund receives €32,000 from European benefit

Activities of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) aimed at ending the debilitating birth injury known as fistula have received a €32,000 boost thanks to a European benefit event.

Serge Brammertz appointed prosecutor for UN’s Balkan war crimes tribunal

The Security Council today approved the appointment of Serge Brammertz, currently leading the independent probe of the 2005 killing of a former Lebanese prime minister, as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for a four-year term starting on 1 January.