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At UN debate, Bosnia says failure to act on Syria risks repeat of Srebrenica massacre

In the United Nations General Assembly today, the leader of Bosnia and Herzegovina upbraided the international community over its failure to act in the Syrian crisis, saying it had failed to learn the lessons from the massacres that tore his own country apart 17 years ago to prevent a repetition of those events in the Arab state.

At UN, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia urges cooperation to resolve ‘name’ issue

Highlighting the importance of the rule of law at the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, today called for closer cooperation with Greece to resolve the ‘name’ issue between them.

From General Assembly podium, Albanian President calls for UN reform

From the podium of the General Assembly, Albania’s President Bujar Nishani today called on the United Nations to reform itself to better tackle the multiple crises facing the world.

At UN debate, Turkmenistan leader proposes international legal framework on energy security

The Deputy Prime Minister of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov, today stressed energy security as a basic condition for global development and proposed the creation of an international legal framework on the issue, as he addressed the high-level debate of the United Nations General Assembly.

Greece to become ‘ally’ of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia once name issue resolved, UN told

Greece’s Foreign Minister, Dimitris Avramapoulos, addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, said that his country will become the “staunchest ally and friend” of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia once the ‘name’ issue between them is finally resolved.

Political solutions still have role in crises, Grand Duke of Luxembourg tells UN debate

The international community’s failure to resolve the Syrian crisis through peaceful means must not lead it to neglect the search for political solutions to other crises, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg told the General Assembly at its high-level debate today.

Ukraine leader pledges full participation in UN peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts

Announcing total support for United Nations efforts to provide humanitarian aid in times of crisis, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych today pledged to put his country’s aircraft and ships at the service of those fleeing conflict, whoever they are and wherever they may be.

Patience needed with setbacks in Arab Spring, European leaders tell UN General Debate

European leaders today urged the United Nations not to be put off by setbacks in the Arab Spring that overthrew long-entrenched dictatorships on the continent’s doorstep, and called for increased support for peoples seeking to build democracy.

Information technology can transform countries, Estonian President tells UN debate

At the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, highlighted the immense opportunities offered by information and communication technologies (ICTs) to advance development and promote good governance, citing examples from his own country’s experience.

World must unite to eliminate proliferation of nuclear weapons, Latvian leader tells UN

The international community must be united in its commitment to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, Latvia’s President Andris Berzinš told the United Nations General Assembly today.