Europe

Security Council extends mandate of European force in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Security Council today extended for another year the European Union stabilization force entrusted with ensuring the continued compliance of all sides with the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended fighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Growing tensions in northern Kosovo highlight need for dialogue, says UN envoy

Growing tensions in northern Kosovo and lack of progress on outstanding issues has made dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade all the more necessary, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot afford continued stalemate, Security Council told

The current situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is marked by a political stalemate and stagnation on key reforms, and requires the continued attention of the international community, the Security Council was told today.

Kosovo: Ban welcomes potential dialogue between Pristina, Belgrade

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the European Union’s readiness to facilitate dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade, voicing hope that this will help to consolidate peace, stability and reconciliation in both Kosovo and the wider region.

Cypriot leaders slated to meet with UN chief in New York next month

The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities are scheduled to meet with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 18 November in New York as part of the United Nations-backed talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island, the world body announced today.

UN human rights experts appalled by death of Angolan migrant

United Nations independent experts on human rights today voiced concern over the reported death onboard a flight of a man being deported from the United Kingdom to Angola, in the custody of guards for a private security company, after his appeal to remain in the European country was rejected.

Cyprus: 25,000th landmine cleared by UN

The United Nations cleared its 25,000th landmine in Cyprus today, a landmark in efforts to clear the island of the deadly weapons and eliminate barriers between its two communities.

Ban urges Cypriot leaders to maintain peace process momentum

Noting that process to reunify Cyprus has been slow recently, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Mediterranean island’s leaders to achieve concrete advances in their talks to maintain momentum in the peace process.

Hungarian folk vocalist Márta Sebestyén named UNESCO Artist for Peace

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced that it has named Márta Sebestyén, one of the leading voices of Hungarian folk music, as one of the agency’s Artists for Peace.

UN expert urges EU to help ‘overwhelmed’ Greece deal with irregular migrants

Greek prisons are congested and the judiciary under stress as hundreds of irregular newcomers flow into the country daily via neighbouring Turkey, a United Nations independent human rights expert said today, urging the European Union to help Greece deal with the problem of migrants.