The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern over the forcible return of potential refugees from Libya and called on the Government to grant it access to people who might be in need of international protection and ensure minimum standards of treatment for them.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he planned to speak to Libya "at a high level" on the death sentences given to Bulgarian nurses and other foreign health workers for allegedly infecting Libyan children with HIV/AIDS.
Less than three months after renouncing all programmes leading to the production of internationally proscribed weapons, Libya today signed an agreement granting the United Nations atomic watchdog agency enhanced access to verify that its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes only.
Libya has announced it will today begin destroying more than 3,300 unfilled bombs, intended for the delivery of chemical weapons, under the supervision of outside inspectors, a United Nations spokesman reported.
The Director-General of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who just wrapped up a two-day trip to Libya, has hailed the country's cooperation in efforts to shed light on its former clandestine activities.
The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency will visit Libya at the beginning of next week to review progress in verifying that all of the North African country's nuclear activities are placed under safeguards and designed exclusively for peaceful purposes.
The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency agreed today with the United States and the United Kingdom that it will verify Libya is free of weapons of mass destruction while those two countries will remove "sensitive" equipment and material.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed Libya's decision to take action on international treaties banning nuclear testing and chemical weapons, saying the move would boost worldwide efforts to halt the proliferation of these arms.