UN agency helps Ecuador to deal with backlog of Colombian asylum-seekers

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is supporting Ecuador's efforts to cope with scores of Colombians who have sought protection in the country after fleeing conflict in their homeland, a spokesman for the agency said today.

UN envoy demands release of former Colombian governor taken hostage

The United Nations envoy in Colombia has demanded the immediate release of the former state governor who had been abducted from a UN vehicle earlier this week by rebel forces.

Colombia: Annan condemns abduction of former governor from UN vehicle

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today denounced the abduction by rebel Colombian forces of a former state governor who had been taken from a United Nations vehicle after visiting a village near the site of peace talks between the Government and the rebels.