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Jun 16, 2015

U.S. not keeping silent on Iran sanctions violations: envoy to U.N

By Louis Charbonneau

(Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday rejected suggestions by a U.N. panel that Washington has kept silent about Iranian sanctions violations in order to avoid disrupting fragile negotiations on a nuclear deal with Tehran.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Iran said in April that it has received no new confirmed reports of Iranian violations despite several media reports of Iranian weapons shipments to Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and Hezbollah and Hamas militants in violation of a U.N. embargo.

Jun 15, 2015

U.N. likely to wait for U.S. Congress before moving on Iran deal: envoys

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – If Iran and world powers reach a nuclear deal, the United Nations Security Council will likely delay for at least a month action to lift U.N. nuclear sanctions on Tehran so U.S. Congress can review the agreement, officials said.

Western officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was an unwelcome development but politically necessary since Congress, dominated by Republicans critical of President Barack Obama’s engagement with Iran, does not want the 15-member council to speak first.

Jun 11, 2015

Eritrea denies U.N. allegation of indefinite national service

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Eritrea on Thursday denied that it subjects its citizens to indefinite national service or kills people trying to flee the country, two of the most serious allegations among the findings of a year-long United Nations investigation.

The 484-page U.N. Commission of Inquiry report, published earlier this week, said the government of Eritrea may have committed crimes against humanity, including extrajudicial killings, widespread torture, sexual slavery and enforced labor.

Jun 10, 2015

Attacks on peacekeepers, civilians in Darfur increasing: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations on Wednesday warned that violent attacks on international peacekeepers and civilians in Sudan’s conflict-torn Darfur region have been increasing while tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee the fighting.

U.N. officials and diplomats say the Sudanese government has become increasingly confrontational toward the United Nations and the West over the joint U.N.-African Union mission to Darfur (UNAMID), which Khartoum wants shut.

Jun 8, 2015

U.N. keeps Israel, Hamas off children’s rights blacklist; raps Israel army

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations on Monday left Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas off its blacklist of states and armed groups that violate children’s rights during conflicts, but criticized Israel over its 2014 military operations.

U.N. special envoy for children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui of Algeria, had included Israel’s army – known as the IDF – and Hamas in a draft of the report she had sent to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Ban had the final say on who was included on the blacklist, which was distributed to Security Council members on Monday.

Jun 6, 2015

U.N. report cites alleged Israel crimes against children, no consensus on listing

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. agencies in Israel and the Palestinian territories reported an alarming number of child victims in last year’s war in the Gaza Strip but were split on whether Israel should be put on a list of violators of children’s rights, a U.N. document shows.

Their 22-page confidential country report, obtained by Reuters on Friday, was prepared by United Nations agencies on the ground for submission to the U.N. special envoy for children and armed conflict as she readied a draft of the annual list.

Jun 5, 2015

U.N. report cites Israel crimes against children, no consensus on listing

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. agencies in Israel and the Palestinian territories reported an alarming number of child victims in last year’s war in the Gaza Strip but were split on whether Israel should be put on a list of violators of children’s rights, a U.N. document said.

The 22-page confidential country report, obtained by Reuters on Friday, was prepared by United Nations agencies on the ground for submission to the U.N. special envoy for children and armed conflict as she readied a draft of the annual list.

Jun 5, 2015

U.N. council condemns attacks on Syria civilians, barrel bombs

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned continued indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Syria, including aerial bombardment and barrel bombings that Western powers say only the government is capable of carrying out.

Last week the U.N. humanitarian chief painted a harrowing portrait of savagery in Syria’s civil war, now in its fifth year, and urged the Security Council to take collective action to put an end to the carnage.

Jun 5, 2015

Russia, China block proposed U.N. blacklisting of two Libyans

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia and China on Friday blocked a joint proposal by the United States, France, Spain and Britain to blacklist two men linked to rival administrations in Libya, according to internal United Nations Security Council correspondence seen by Reuters.

The point of the proposal was to boost talks brokered by U.N. envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon that resumed on Wednesday in Algiers. Those talks centre on a draft proposal for a unity government for the war-ravaged North African state before a broader meeting expected in Morocco next week.

Jun 5, 2015

West, Russia trade accusations at U.N. over new Ukraine violence

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Western nations and Russia traded accusations at the United Nations on Friday over the recent upsurge in violence in eastern Ukraine, while a senior member of an international monitoring team blamed both sides in the conflict for breaking a ceasefire.

The diplomatic clash between European, U.S. and Russian envoys came a day after Ukraine warned of a possible “full-scale invasion” by Russia, following the worst fighting with Russian-backed separatists in months. [ID:nL5N0YQ0N3]

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      "I am Reuters' United Nations bureau chief based in New York. My previous postings were in Berlin, Vienna, Hong Kong and Prague. I have reported from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the United States."
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