Security Council meets again to discuss violence in South Ossetia, Georgia

The Security Council met this afternoon for the second time in 24 hours to discuss the deadly violence wracking South Ossetia, Georgia, where hundreds of people are reported to have been killed and thousands of others are now on the move, seeking shelter from the fighting.

Cooperation between evolving UN mission and Kosovo focus of Pristina talks

Senior United Nations official Nicholas Haysom held talks today in Pristina with the Kosovo leadership on issues relating to the evolving role of the world body’s mission there, which has had to adjust to a new reality on the ground since Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in February.

Georgia: Ban voices alarm at growing violence in South Ossetia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed serious concern about the mounting violence in South Ossetia, Georgia, where nearly two dozen people have reportedly been wounded or killed in recent clashes.

Belgium joins treaty on international sale of goods – UN commission

Belgium has become the 28th country to accede to a treaty covering the transnational sale of goods, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) announced today.

German appointed as judge on UN war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia

Christoph Flügge has been appointed to serve on the United Nations war crimes tribunal dealing with the worst offences committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s after the Security Council indicated its support for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s intention to select the German jurist.

UN refugee agency heralds new Georgian action plan for displaced persons

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed Georgia’s adoption of an action plan to strengthen the country’s efforts to alleviate the plight of tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in the Caucasus country.

Montenegro: UN agency helps refugees escape statelessness

The United Nations refugee agency is helping thousands of refugees who fled to Montenegro from Kosovo to get legal representation.