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Security Council holds 'urgent' meeting on situation in Ukraine

The United Nations Security Council held this afternoon what its President described as an “urgent” meeting on the situation in Ukraine, with the body's members noting that it is important for all political actors in the strife-torn country to exercise maximum restraint and pursue inclusive dialogue.

In Ukraine, UN envoy discusses efforts to restore stability amid current crisis

A United Nations envoy dispatched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks with senior Ukrainian officials in the capital, Kiev, and pledged the world body’s commitment to assist the country as it seeks to emerge from the current crisis.

UN hosts meeting with Greek Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot negotiators

“Substantive discussions” started today in the resumed talks aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, a United Nations spokesperson confirmed, following a meeting today between Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Kudret Özersay.

Ban calls on Ukrainians to find peaceful way forward amid current turmoil

Amid the rapidly unfolding events in Ukraine, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an inclusive political process to enable the country to emerge from its current crisis, one which reflects the aspirations of its people and preserves its unity and territorial integrity.

Head of European security bloc outlines areas for greater collaboration with UN

Security in Europe cannot be taken for granted, as illustrated by the political crisis and recent escalation of violence in Ukraine, the head of the world’s largest regional security grouping said today, as he outlined areas for closer cooperation between the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations.

Ban speaks to Ukrainian leader, UN rights experts horrified by violence in Kiev

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke today with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, urging him to implement a just-proposed deal with opposition leaders aimed at ending a standoff between security forces and protestors in Kiev and other parts of the country that has left scores of people killed or injured.

UNESCO chief calls for safety of media workers amid violent unrest in Ukraine

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the killing of Ukrainian journalist Vyacheslav Veremyi and called for ensuring the safety of all media workers in the crisis-hit nation.

Ukraine: senior UN official decry use of excessive force as protests intensify

As the casualties mount in and around crisis-riven Kiev, so have the calls for restraint from senior United Nations officials, who today once again urged the authorities in Ukraine to exercise restraint amidst a fiery stand-off with anti-Government protestors.

Ukraine: top UN officials urge peaceful resolution of crisis after deadly clashes in Kiev

Concerned by the escalating violence in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, top United Nations officials have urged all sides to exercise restraint and find a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis.

Turkey’s new law on Internet curbs draws concern from UN rights office

The United Nations human rights office has expressed concerns about a bill allowing Turkey’s telecommunications authority (Turkish Telecommunications Directorate) the power to block websites without having to seek a court order and to penalize Internet providers if they fail to cooperate.