Europe

New head of key regional security group affirms value of cooperation with UN

Given the depth and quantity of challenges on the international community’s agenda, the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will continue to boost its partnership with the United Nation, its new Chairperson said today.

UN tribunal convicts five top Serbian officials of war crimes in Kosovo

The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up after the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today convicted five former high-ranking Yugoslav and Serbian officials for crimes against humanity, while former Serbian president Milan Milutinović was acquitted of all charges.

Cypriot leaders resume UN-led talks on property

Focusing on the issue of property, the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders resumed talks today as part of United Nations-sponsored negotiations aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island.

Top UN envoy and Serb officials discuss Kosovo

The top United Nations envoy for Kosovo met with Serbian officials in Belgrade today to discuss a wide range of issues ahead of an upcoming meeting of the Security Council on Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia just over a year ago.

UN agency to cooperate with Europe on standardised protection for refugees

The United Nations refugee agency hopes that a new European Union (EU) asylum system due to be announced tomorrow will ensure more consistent decision-making across the 27-nation block, where asylum-seekers of similar backgrounds now have widely varying chances of finding protection in different member states.

Ban pleased US taking part in preparatory talks ahead of UN anti-racism summit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the United States’ decision to participate in preparatory talks for an upcoming review meeting of the landmark 2001 United Nations anti-racism conference which the US, along with Israel, had withdrawn from citing concerns the forum was being used by some to push an anti-Israel agenda.

Security Council renews UN Georgia mission for four months, pending revisions

The Security Council today unanimously extended the 15-year-old United Nations mission on the ceasefire line between the Government and Abkhaz separatists in Georgia for another four months, pending recommendations on its future following last year’s Russian-Georgian conflict.

Senior UN official to go to Serbia for more talks on Kosovo

A senior United Nations official will meet with Serbian ministers later this month for wide-ranging discussions on Kosovo, which proclaimed its independence a year ago in a move that Serbia rejects.

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia name talks resume at UN

Representatives of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia held talks today on the name of the latter country in what a United Nations envoy called a “good, solid discussion.”

Former Kosovo official held on contempt granted provisional release by UN tribunal

The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has ordered the provisional release of a former Kosovo official who has completed a three-month sentence for contempt of court for witness tampering during the trial of former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj.