Europe

Secretary-General recommends six-month extension of UN force in Cyprus

Calling the presence of United Nations troops in Cyprus "essential" to maintaining the ceasefire on the divided island, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended a six-month extension of the UN peacekeeping force there.

As weapons amnesty period ends in Kosovo, UN warns of penalties for illegal use

The United Nations Mission in Kosovo announced today the end of the weapons amnesty period aimed at encouraging people to turn in illegal arms.

FYR of Macedonia: UNHCR concerned over plight of civilians affected by fighting

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern about the plight of civilians affected by the ongoing hostilities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Arrest warrants for two war crimes suspects transmitted to Belgrade: UN tribunal

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has forwarded to Belgrade arrest warrants for two men charged with war crimes during the conflict which engulfed Bosnia and Herzegovina in the early 1990s.

UN refugee agency concerned about fighting in FYR of Macedonia

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern about the plight of civilians caught in fighting between ethnic Albanian rebels and armed forces of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Some 2,000 villagers flee FYR of Macedonia to southern Serbia, UN refugee agency says

Up to 2,000 people have fled to southern Serbia from villages in the north of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as fighting intensified between Macedonian forces and ethnic Albanian rebels, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Top UN official in Kosovo welcomes Yugoslav remarks on elections

The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today reacted positively to a reported statement by the leadership of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia advising Kosovo Serbs to register for the upcoming elections.

FAO teams up with the Netherlands to promote food security

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Netherlands today signed a new multi-million dollar agreement, in which Dutch authorities pledged to contribute $9 million up to the end of 2002 and to develop the cooperation into a long-term arrangement.

Security Council mission set to visit Kosovo from 15 to 19 June

The planned visit of a Security Council delegation to Kosovo will take place from 15 to 19 June to observe the "difficult challenges" faced by the United Nations in the troubled province, according to a document released today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

At disarmament forum, Turkey and Greece announce plans to join landmine ban

Turkey and Greece have jointly decided to initiate procedures for ratifying an international convention banning landmines, a representative of Ankara today told the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament as it opened the second part of its annual session.