Europe

Security Council extends terms of judges on UN’s Balkans war crimes tribunal

The Security Council today extended the terms of office of a number of judges serving on the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s to help the court to finish its caseload at the earliest.

Tackling impunity key to success of International Criminal Court – Liechtenstein

The establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is the most significant feat in international law in decades, Liechtenstein told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today, noting that the body’s legacy will be measured by its moves to address the issue of impunity.

Belarus endorses widespread democratization of UN

The most senior officials in the United Nations Secretariat should come from a much broader spread of countries, Belarus told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today, calling for wide-scale democratization of the entire Organization.

Azerbaijan, Armenia express views on Nagorno-Karabakh at UN debate

Top officials of Azerbaijan and Armenia have offered their views on the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan at the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate this week.

Russian move ensures safety of breakaway Georgian regions, UN hears

The security of the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia could only be guaranteed by recognizing their independence, Russia told the General Assembly today, voicing its disapproval of the “unipolar world ideology” that it said had contributed to the August conflict.

Cypriots themselves must find solution to dispute, Greek official tells UN

Only Cypriots themselves can find a solution regarding the Mediterranean island’s reunification, Greece said at the United Nations today, welcoming the role played by the world body in facilitating a “mutually acceptable” solution to the dispute.

Hungary, Czech Republic urge UN to play ongoing role with Kosovo

The United Nations needs to play a continuing role in Kosovo – which declared its independence from Serbia in February – to ensure that there is stability across the Balkans, top officials from two European countries told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today.

Black Sea region needs greater UN presence, countries tell General Assembly

Senior officials from Romania and Bulgaria have called on the United Nations to play an enhanced role in promoting democracy and regional peace and stability across the Black Sea area, saying the recent conflict in Georgia signalled some of the challenges the region faces.

At UN, Malta calls for assistance in dealing with large-scale migration

Malta has called on United Nations Member States to work together to devise solutions to deal with the problems caused by an “unprecedented increase” recently in irregular immigration to the Mediterranean island country.

As newest UN member, Montenegro voices hope in multilateralism

As the newest United Nations Member State, Montenegro is imbued with a strong sense of political responsibility and committed to multilateralism, the South-East European nation’s leader told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today.