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

Direct talks between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on a number of outstanding issues, including the official name of the latter, will resume next week, the United Nations envoy spearheading the effort has announced.

Secretary-General appoints new deputy envoy for Kosovo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Larry Rossin of the United States as his new deputy envoy for Kosovo, the Serbian province run by the United Nations since Western forces drove out Yugoslav forces amid inter-ethnic fighting in 1999.

Slovenia’s new asylum law sparks concern from UN refugee agency

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has criticized Slovenia’s new asylum law which it says could lead to people being deported even before their cases have been properly evaluated and to the widespread use of detention.

Uncertainty on Kosovo’s future status could lead to instability, warns Ban Ki-moon

The loss of momentum in making progress towards resolving Kosovo’s future status could result in instability in the Serbian province and the greater region, even potentially endangering United Nations staff, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned in a new report made public today.