Azerbaijan: UN rights expert on displaced persons urges progress in peace process

Progress is needed in the ongoing peace negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region so that internally displaced persons (IDPs) can find a durable solution to their predicament, an independent United Nations human rights expert has said.

Ban welcomes resumption of Cyprus reunification talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the resumption of talks that aim to reunify the Mediterranean island country of Cyprus, urging both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to be guided by the spirit of give-and-take in their negotiations.

UN human rights experts voice concern about suspension of Spanish judge

A group of United Nations human rights experts today expressed concern about the suspension of a high-profile Spanish judge who had been investigating allegations regarding tens of thousands of enforced disappearances during the country’s civil war and subsequent years

Security Council hears of internal bid to undermine Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prospects for regional reconciliation in the western Balkans have continued to improve, but internal politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina have deteriorated with attempts being made to undermine State institutions, the Security Council was told today.

Solution on Cyprus well within reach, Secretary-General says

Considerable progress has been made over the past six months in United Nations-sponsored talks on the unification of Cyprus and a solution is well within reach even as the leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community has changed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.

UN war crimes tribunal upholds Serb party leader’s conviction for contempt

The United Nations tribunal that is trying the leader of the Serb Radical Party for crimes against humanity and war crimes today upheld his conviction for contempt of court and 15-month jail sentence for disclosing information on 11 protected witnesses.

UN war crimes tribunal for the Balkans affirms police officer’s conviction

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the Balkan conflicts today affirmed the conviction of a former police officer and the acquittal of an ex-government minister in a case related to acts committed during a police operation in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in August 2001.

Lack of communal reconciliation in Kosovo risks social unrest, UN envoy warns

The absence of a significant process of reconciliation between the communities in Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, together with economic difficulties, continues to present the risk of social unrest, a senior United Nations envoy warned today.

UN chief looks forward to working with new British leaders on shared goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the newly-appointed leaders of the United Kingdom and said he looked forward to working with them on common goals such as climate change, nuclear disarmament and the achievement of global development targets.

Recession hampering fight against hunger in Europe, Central Asia – UN

The global downturn is threatening to reverse gains made – driven largely by agriculture – in combating poverty and food insecurity in Europe and Central Asia, a senior United Nations official said today.