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Prosecutor of UN tribunal queries Belgrade on warrant for Milosevic

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today signed a letter to the Belgrade authorities, inquiring whether they had served former President Slobodan Milosevic with the arrest warrant and indictment against him.

UN official welcomes Kosovar Albanians freed from Serbian jails

After nearly two years serving time in Serbian jails, over 100 Kosovar Albanians arrived in Kosovo today, where they were welcomed by the top United Nations official in the area, who called for the return of all others still in detention.

Security Council decries lack of progress in resolving conflict in Abkhazia, Georgia

The continued lack of progress on key issues concerning a comprehensive settlement of the conflict in Abkhazia, Georgia, was unacceptable, the Security Council said this afternoon.

Security Council members urge confidence-building steps to solve Prevlaka dispute

Noting a lack of progress towards a political settlement of the Prevlaka dispute between Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, members of the United Nations Security Council today encouraged the parties to move forward speedily on the confidence-building measures conveyed informally to them by the UN in 1999.

Top UN official in Kosovo deplores killing of municipality president

The top United Nations official in Kosovo today expressed shock at learning of the murder of Ismet Raci, President of the Klina Municipality and a member of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK).

Nane Annan helps launch "Say Yes for Children" campaign in Europe

In Turkey today, Nane Annan, the wife of the United Nations Secretary-General, participated in the regional launch of an unprecedented global campaign on behalf of children, urging the world community to "say yes" to a 10-point appeal for children's rights.

List of nominees for judges at UN war crimes tribunal sent to Security Council

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today sent the United Nations Security Council a list of 60 candidates to serve as "temporary" or ad litem judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Kosovars urged to cooperate with UN in stemming violence

The new commander of the international security force in Kosovo (KFOR) today urged Kosovars to help KFOR and the United Nations isolate extremists pursuing political ends through violence.

UN mission in Kosovo disappointed by media attacks on legal framework panel

The United Nations mission in Kosovo today expressed disappointment at attacks in the press on members of the committee defining structures of provisional self-government.

UN Secretary-General to meet with Russian President on trip to Moscow

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will meet with top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, as part of a visit to Moscow next month, a UN spokesman announced today.