Europe

Kosovo: UN envoy briefs Council of Europe on Serbian province’s final status talks

The top United Nations envoy in Kosovo today briefed the Council of Europe on latest developments in deciding the final status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province that the world body has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting.

UN expert on freedom of expression deplores murder of Turkish Armenian editor

An independent United Nations expert on freedom of opinion has added his voice to the chorus of condemnation over the murder of the editor of the Turkish Armenian-language weekly Agos, Hrant Dink, known for his critical work on a specific period of the history of Turkey.

Security Council concerned at tension in Georgia but also notes positive moves

The Security Council today expressed unease at the continuing tension between Abkhaz separatists and Georgian authorities but said there were also some positive developments in recent months, namely the resumption of joint United Nations patrols in the Kodori Valley in December after a break of three years.

UN envoy to present future status proposal for Kosovo on Friday

A United Nations proposal for the future status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province of Kosovo, which the world body has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid brutal ethnic fighting, will be presented to a group of concerned countries on Friday and to the parties early next month.

At UN war crimes tribunal, Bosnian Serb soldier pleads guilty to rape and torture

A former Bosnian Serb soldier and de facto military policeman today pleaded guilty before a United Nations war crimes tribunal to charges that he raped and tortured Bosnian Muslim women and girls during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Selective fish nets, off-seasons adopted to protect Mediterranean fish stocks: UN agency

In an effort to stop the depletion of fish stocks in the Mediterranean Sea, where catches of blue-fin tuna plunged by almost half from 1994 to 2002, a group of over 50 countries have agreed at a United Nations conference on a raft of protection measures – from more selective types of netting to six-month off-seasons.

Georgia: Concerned at recent spike in violence, Ban Ki-moon urges all sides to talk

Warning that recent deadly violence between Abkhaz separatists and Georgian authorities could escalate, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all sides to “engage in dialogue” to bring peace to a region where fighting forced nearly 300,000 refugees to flee their homes 14 years ago.

UN-backed body ‘disappointed’ by European action on wild bird trade

An indefinite European Union (EU) ban on wild bird imports, adopted to prevent the spread of bird flu to humans, risks creating black markets by ending a legal and tightly managed trade and undermining poor African communities who depend on it, according to a United Nations-backed body dealing with trade in endangered species.

UN to promote responsible business practices in new European Union members

The United Nations, which has consistently pushed for a code of corporate social responsibility in private sector companies, ranging from responsible globalization to promoting human rights and fighting corruption, has launched an initiative to embed such practices in new European Union (EU) member countries.

Georgia: UN deplores killing of policeman as violence spikes

The United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) today condemned an attack on a checkpoint that left one policeman dead and another wounded, calling on the Government and Abkhaz separatists to prevent a further escalation of violence.