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World must learn from Srebrenica massacre, stop bloodshed in Syria – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid his respects to the victims of Srebrenica and called on the world to learn the lessons from the 1995 massacre and stop the ongoing bloodshed in Syria.

UN official hails United Kingdom’s measures to make Olympics sustainable

A senior United Nations official today praised the measures taken by the United Kingdom to ensure that the London Summer Olympic Games are environmentally sustainable.

Ban urges Greece and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to resolve name issue

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that it is “imperative” that Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia resolve the dispute over the official name of the latter country, and reiterated the determination of the United Nations to help with the process.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ban notes country’s progress and affirms UN support

Highlighting the progress that Bosnia and Herzegovina has made over the past two decades, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today affirmed the support of the United Nations in the country’s path to stability and prosperity.

On visit, Ban notes importance of normalized relations between Kosovo and Serbia

Continuing his visit to South-East Europe, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of dialogue and engagement across the region, highlighting the importance of the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

Ban praises Croatia's progress on its 20th anniversary as member of UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised Croatia's achievements since it first became a member of the United Nations 20 years ago, and stressed that the Eastern European nation can help support other countries which are currently in transition.

Slovenia has much to offer Europe, the world and the UN, Ban says during visit

Slovenia has much to offer to Europe, the world and the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he addressed its Parliament, highlighting the contributions of this “small but crucially important” country.

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus until early 2013

The United Nations Security Council today extended the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until 31 January 2013, and reiterated its call for the leadership of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities to accelerate the pace of talks aimed at reunifying the divided Mediterranean island nation.

UN chief condemns deadly bomb attack on Israeli tourist bus in Bulgaria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns in “the strongest possible terms” today's deadly bombing attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, according to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

UN human rights experts warn of potential damage by Russia’s draft law to civil society

A group of United Nations independent experts today warned that a draft law being considered by Russia could adversely impact civil society, and urged on the Government not to adopt this legislation.