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Cypriot leaders resume UN-led reunification negotiations

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders held talks today as part of United Nations-sponsored negotiations aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island, with this round of talks focusing on property issues.

Ban arrives in Switzerland to press leaders for urgent action on global crises

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Switzerland today to attend the World Economic Forum in the Alps town of Davos, where is he expected to call for a new chapter in private sector participation in addresses critical issues such as climate change, water scarcity and the global financial crisis.

UN experts express concern at length of custody for illegal migrants in Malta

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today voiced concern about the length of time immigrants rescued off the coast of Malta spend in custody, saying it is not “in line with international human rights law.”

Overcrowding of boat people on Italian island worries UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern over the overcrowded conditions faced by nearly 2,000 boat people, including asylum seekers, currently crammed into one reception centre on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

Leader of Serb Radical Party faces contempt charges at UN war crimes tribunal

The leader of the Serbian Radical Party has been charged by the United Nations war crimes tribunal, set up to deal with the war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, with contempt of court for disclosing the names and other details of three witnesses whose identities were ordered to be withheld from the public.

Cyprus reunification talks making ‘good progress,’ says UN official

Today’s United Nations-led talks between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island were “positive,” according to a senior official with the world body.

Bosnian Serb commander to serve out UN-passed sentence in Germany

The United Nations tribunal set up to try those responsible for atrocities committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has transferred a former senior Bosnian Serb army commander to Germany to serve his life sentence for war crimes committed in Sarajevo from 1992 to 1994.

Cypriot leaders resume discussions as part of UN-led reunification process

United Nations-led talks between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island continued today with a focus on relations between a federal government and constituent States, as well as on deadlock-resolving mechanisms.

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia name talks set for next month – UN

Talks between the representatives of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on the name of the latter country will take place in New York on 11 February, the United Nations official spearheading the discussions announced today.

UN joins forces with Mediterranean nations to promote sustainable agriculture

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced its new partnership with a Mediterranean intergovernmental organization to promote crops and improve fisheries, among other sustainable activities.