Europe

Stability in Balkans leads to fall in crime rates – UN agency

Increasing stability across the Balkans after years of turmoil following the break-up of Yugoslavia has led to a sharp drop in crime across the region, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports.

Serbian ultranationalist aide facing contempt charges before UN tribunal

A former aide to a top Serbian ultranationalist politician is being brought before the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s on contempt of court charges after he failed to appear as a witness in the politician’s trial.

UN expert backs reforms to legal system in Russia

Russia should build on recent initiatives to remove deficiencies within its judicial system, a United Nations human rights expert said today after wrapping up a visit to the country.

Assembly President discusses ‘One UN’ pilot scheme with Albanian leaders

Albania’s experience as one of the pilot countries in the United Nations programme to streamline the world body’s development activities in individual States topped the agenda of talks today between General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and Government officials in Tirana.

Cyprus: UN envoy heartened by political will shown by community leaders

The United Nations envoy to Cyprus said today that he was encouraged by the “initiative and commitment” shown by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders so far during discussions this year on possible reunification.

Georgia: UN says Russian air force shot down aircraft over Abkhazia

The United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) has concluded in a report that a Georgian reconnaissance drone aircraft that crashed in Abkhazia last month was shot down by the Russian air force.

General Assembly President holds talks with senior German officials

Climate change, biological diversity and United Nations reform have been high on the agenda during official talks so far on the current three-day visit to Germany by General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim.

Italy: UN agency concerned over how new measures will affect asylum

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed its concern over how newly approved measures in Italy would affect asylum.

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders hold 'fruitful' talks, UN reports

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have held “genuine and fruitful” talks in Nicosia under United Nations auspices, their second round of formal discussions on possible reunification this year, it was announced today.

UN tribunal grants Kosovo journalist, Bosnian Serbs temporary release

A Kosovo journalist and two former Bosnian Serb army officials have been granted temporary provisional release by the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, it was announced today.