Secretary-General welcomes reported release of deposed Mauritanian leader

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the reported release from house arrest of the President of Mauritania, Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, who was overthrown by the country’s military in August, and called for the restoration of constitutional order as soon as possible.

Security Council deplores recent government overthrow in Mauritania

The Security Council today condemned the recent overthrow of the Mauritanian Government by the country’s military and demanded the immediate release from detention of the national president and the restoration of democratic institutions.

Top UN envoy calls for speedy return to constitutional rule in Mauritania

The top United Nations envoy to West Africa has called for an immediate return to constitutional rule in Mauritania after wrapping up a three-day visit to the country, where military leaders last week overthrew the Government.

Ban voices deep regret at coup d’état in Mauritania

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his deep regret at today’s overthrow by military leaders of the Mauritanian Government led by President Sidi Mohamed Ould Chiekh Abdallahi.

UN refugee agency helps Mauritanian refugees return home from Senegal

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has resumed assisting Mauritanian refugees return to their home country from Senegal where they have been in exile for nearly two decades.

First set of Mauritanian refugees return home under UN programme

Over 100 Mauritanian refugees, part of a group of 24,000 who fled to neighbouring Senegal over two decades ago, are returning to their home country today under a voluntary repatriation programme launched by the United Nations refugee agency after steps were taken by the governments concerned to address their plight.

Mauritanian refugees in Senegal to go home within weeks with UN help

Some 24,000 Mauritanians, who fled to Senegal nearly two decades ago after a long-standing border dispute escalated into ethnic violence, are set to start returning home within weeks under a United Nations-backed voluntary repatriation programme.