Europe

Greece, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to resume UN-led talks on name

Representatives of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have agreed to hold a fresh round of United Nations-mediated talks next week over the question of the official name of the latter country.

UN-organized radio communication conference opens in Geneva

The United Nations telecommunication agency today opened an international conference on radio communications that aims to examine the worldwide use of radio frequencies and meet the global demand for spectrum.

Kosovo: UN agency, mission help Roma families return to former neighbourhood

More than 100 displaced Roma have returned to live in their former neighbourhood in a northern Kosovo town under a project partly organized by the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the Serbian province (UNMIK) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Acquittal of Bosnian Muslim ex-army commander upheld by UN tribunal

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today upheld the acquittal of a former deputy army commander for the Bosnian Muslim forces during the Balkan wars on charges related to a massacre of 13 Bosnian Croat civilians in September 1993.

Security Council extends Georgia mission, voices concern at deadly incidents

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) for six months, voicing serious concern over deadly incidents violating the Georgian-Abkhaz ceasefire.

UN opens ‘carbon-neutral’ environment conference in Belgrade

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), which services the Environment for Europe Conference that opened today in Belgrade, is working to cancel the event's effects on global warming by funding projects that offset emissions of greenhouses gases.

Top UN envoy calls for Kosovo Serbs to participate in upcoming polls

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Kosovo today appealed for Serbs in the United Nations-administered province to take part in next month’s elections, adding that he has asked the Serbian prime minister to refrain from calling for a boycott of the upcoming polls.

UN’s Standing Police Capacity starts training in UK ahead of first deployment

Two weeks of intensive training in project-management, team-building, transitional justice and other aspects of peacekeeping started today for officers of the United Nations Standing Police Capacity, who are attending the United Kingdom’s top police leadership centre ahead of their first operational deployment.

UN’s ex-Yugoslavia tribunal says four remaining fugitives must be arrested

Four fugitives remain at large from the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the failure to arrest them “continues to represent an affront to justice,” the court says today.

Recent clash illustrates ongoing Georgian-Abkhaz tensions – Ban Ki-moon

A deadly clash last month between the Government and Abkhaz sides in Georgia underscores the need for both sides to abide by their agreements and to bring additional areas under international monitoring, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.