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Ban spends second day at UN-backed Cyprus reunification talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is meeting again today in New York with the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities in their latest round of talks aimed at reunifying the divided Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus.

UN tribunal welcomes arrest of former member of Serb paramilitary forces

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s welcomed the arrest of Radovan Stankovic, a former member of a Serb paramilitary unit who faces multiple charges for crimes against humanity.

UN-facilitated talks between Cypriot leaders begin in New York

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today with the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities as they began two days of United Nations-facilitated talks on reunifying the divided Mediterranean island nation.

UNESCO urges maritime restrictions for World Heritage Sites in Italy

The United Nations agency tasked with safeguarding the world’s cultural heritage called on Italy today to restrict maritime access to its most culturally and ecologically sensitive areas, including the lagoon city of Venice.

Ban looks forward to ‘concrete’ progress at upcoming meeting of Cypriot leaders

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is looking forward to “concrete progress” when the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders meet in New York next week to discuss reunifying the divided Mediterranean island nation, his spokesperson said today.

Greece, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia wrap up UN-mediated talks

Representatives of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have wrapped up two days of United Nations-mediated talks on the dispute over the official name of the latter country, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General announced today.

UN maritime official calls for probe into cruise ship incident off Italian coast

A senior United Nations official today called for a thorough investigation into the incident involving the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Italy over the weekend.

UN officials mourn passing of former Turkish Cypriot leader

Top United Nations officials have voiced sadness at the passing of Rauf Denktash, the former Turkish Cypriot leader who died on Friday in Nicosia.

Cyprus: Leaders to continue UN-backed talks on core issues

The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities will continue to make efforts to reach agreement on core issues when they meet near New York later this month for talks aimed at reunifying the island of Cyprus, a United Nations envoy said today.

Greece, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia agree to fresh UN-mediated talks

Representatives of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have agreed to a fresh round of United Nations-mediated talks to resolve their long-running dispute over the official name of the latter country.