Europe

UN-backed peace brokers in Georgian-Abkhaz conflict hold fresh talks

Senior representatives of the Group of Friends of the Secretary-General have held talks with the Georgian and Abkhaz sides amid concerns over tensions in their zone of conflict and the lack of recent dialogue between the two sides, the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) said in a press statement issued in Tbilisi today.

New High Representative appointed for Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Security Council today welcomed and agreed to the appointment of Miroslav Lajcák of Slovakia as the new High Representative for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Secretary-General to depart on two-week visit to Europe

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will depart this weekend for a two-week trip to Europe that will take him to Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and the United Kingdom, a spokesperson for the world body announced today.

UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus extended through mid-December

The Security Council today extended the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) through mid-December while noting the current stalemate on the issue.

British counter-terrorism laws spark concern from UN expert on religion

Although the United Kingdom possesses deep knowledge and a “great wealth of experience” in handling religious tensions and terrorist acts carried out for religious purposes, a United Nations independent expert today voiced concern over laws which have been promulgated following recent terrorist attacks.

Legal market necessary for democracy in Albania – UNDP chief

The majority of Albania’s population and economy must be brought under the rule of law before democracy can operate and thrive, the head of the United Nations Development Programme said today.

Ban Ki-moon voices sadness at death of former Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced sadness today at the death of Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations chief and Austrian President who has died at the age of 88.

Leader of breakaway Croatian Serb state convicted and jailed by UN tribunal

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today sentenced a former political leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia to 35 years’ prison after convicting him for his role in a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Trial of Bosnian Serb accused of genocide transferred from UN tribunal

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia announced today that it is transferring the case of a Bosnian Serb ex-soldier facing genocide charges over his role in the notorious massacre of Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995.

UN refugee agency concerned at attacks on foreigners in Ukraine

Reacting to reports of attacks on foreigners in Ukraine, the United Nations refugee agency today acknowledged steps taken by the Government to address the problem while urging action to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.