Europe

European leaders at UN Assembly focus on crises in Ukraine and Middle East

Taking the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on the third day of its annual high-level Debate today, European leaders called for an end to the crisis within their own continent, with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitÿ decrying Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty.

At UN Assembly, President calls for end to ‘anachronistic burden’ of divided Cyprus

Cyprus and its citizens deserve much more than a divided country, President Nicos Anastasiades today said, urging the adopting of his confidence building measures and Turkish cooperation on the issue of missing persons.

Europe’s leaders at UN Assembly focus on Ukraine crisis, ISIL militants

European leaders called at the United Nations today for concerted action to confront the events that have turned 2014 into a terrible year, including Russian ‘aggression’ in Ukraine and the atrocities committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Central, Eastern European leaders warn against ‘new status quo’ of instability

Addressing the General Assembly in its second day of debate, the President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska today warned world leaders against “a new status quo” where instability, poverty, violence and hatred are “fertilizers and catalysts of terrorism.”

As conflict continues, UN rights expert urges Ukraine to step up aid for displaced people

The Ukrainian Government must intensify its efforts to meet the needs and protect the rights of the hundreds of thousands of people internally displaced by the country’s ongoing conflict, an independent United Nations human rights expert affirmed today.

In UN Assembly address, British Prime Minister outlines plan to defeat extremist ideology

The world must come together to form a comprehensive plan to defeat the ideology of extremism that is the root cause of terrorism in order to win the battle of ideas and not just the battle of military might, said British Prime Minister David Cameron as he took to the General Assembly podium tonight.

Addressing UN Assembly, Ukrainian leader vows country will remain united

Telling the United Nations General Assembly that his country knows what terrorism is; “not merely in words but in practice,” Arseniy Yatsenuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine, reiterated his Government’s commitment to restore law and order and urged Russia to adhere to its international obligations and seek a diplomatic path out of the current crisis.

In address to UN Assembly, Turkish President urges support for victims of terrorism

With more than 1.5 million refugees seeking refuge in Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan today called for international support to aid victims of terrorism, while also making a case for reform of the United Nations Security Council.

At UN Assembly, France’s President confirms militants’ beheading of French hostage

Speaking from the podium of the General Assembly on a day when the fight against Islamist terrorism took centre stage at the United Nations, French President François Hollande today vowed that France would never give in to terrorist following the beheading of a French national in Algeria.

At General Assembly, European leaders pledge support for UN efforts to resolve crises

European leaders took the podium today on the first day of this year’s annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly to pledge their commitment to United Nations efforts to achieve peace and development across a whole range of issues while highlighting their own specific concerns.