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Secretary-General confers with advisers, diplomats on Georgia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in New York met with his top advisers regarding the United Nations' approach to the current situation in Georgia.

Georgia: UN continues to press for humanitarian access to victims

As urgent supplies continue to arrive for those affected by the conflict in Georgia, the United Nations refugee agency has repeated its call for free and unhindered humanitarian access and safe passage for uprooted civilians and the aid workers trying to help them.

Significant downsizing foreseen for UN mission in Kosovo, says envoy

The reconfiguration of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) will lead to a major reduction in staff levels, among other changes, a senior official with the world body said today.

Ban voices deep concern at humanitarian impact of Georgia conflict

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern at the humanitarian impact of recent fighting on the civilian population in Georgia, which has suffered loss of life and injury, significant damage to property and infrastructure, as well as sizeable displacement.

Ban urges parties to implement proposed Georgia peace plan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the acceptance by Georgia and Russia of a proposed peace plan to end the conflict that has raged in Georgia for nearly a week and urged the parties to move quickly to halt the fighting.

Georgia: UN calls for protection of civilians and access to victims of conflict

A senior United Nations humanitarian official has urged the parties to the conflict in Georgia, where fierce fighting in recent days has uprooted nearly 100,000 people, to do their utmost to protect civilians and ensure access for aid agencies.

More talks on former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia name issue – UN

The United Nations envoy tasked with mediating the long-running dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the name of the latter country is to hold separate meetings tomorrow in New York with representatives of both sides.

UN agencies assist thousands affected by Georgian conflict

United Nations agencies have begun providing emergency aid to thousands of people affected by the escalating conflict in Georgia, as a senior UN official told the Security Council today that Russian forces have now entered Georgian areas outside the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Security Council holds another meeting on crisis in Georgia

The Security Council met today for the fourth time in less than three days to discuss the crisis engulfing Georgia, where large numbers of casualties have been reported as a result of fierce fighting between Georgian and Russian forces and thousands of civilians have been displaced from their homes.

Georgian conflict widening beyond South Ossetia, UN official warns

The deadly conflict in Georgia seems to be spreading outside the South Ossetia region and into Abkhazia, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council today, warning that the number of casualties from the fighting is already substantial.