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New High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomed by UN

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed and agreed to the appointment of Valentin Inzko, a senior Austrian diplomat, as the new High Representative for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Leaders must put needs of Kosovo’s communities first, says top UN envoy

Although strides have been made to consolidate stability in Kosovo, leaders in Pristina and Belgrade must give priority to needs of Kosovo’s communities ahead of their own political interests, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

Kosovo: pace of UN mission’s reconfiguration picking up – Ban

Despite a perception among many Kosovo Albanians that the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo has run its course, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in a new report that it has stepped up the pace of its adaptation to the changing situation on the ground.

UN tribunal hands down 20-year sentence to former top Bosnian Serb official

The appeals chamber of the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up after the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today upheld earlier convictions of a former top Bosnian Serb official and sentenced him to 20 years in prison for deportations, forcible transfer and persecution of non-Serb civilians during the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

UN unites with European soccer stars to ‘red card’ global hunger

The biggest stars in professional football and millions of their fans will aim to score a goal against global hunger in the first-ever Europe-wide soccer weekend to draw attention to the plight of the nearly 1 billion hungry people worldwide, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.

Latest round of UN-backed Cyprus talks focus on European Union matters

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders met today in Nicosia to discuss European Union (EU) matters as part of the ongoing United Nations-backed negotiations aimed at reunifying the island.

Cypriot leaders move on with UN-backed reunification negotiations

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders held talks today in the latest bout of United Nations-backed negotiations aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.