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Feb 27, 2015

Libya needs international maritime force to help stop illicit oil, weapons: U.N. experts

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Libyan authorities are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country, and they need an international maritime force to help, United Nations sanctions monitors said in a new report.

The confidential report by the U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Libya, first seen by Reuters on Thursday, will likely increase pressure on major world powers to consider intervention to stop the North African state from spinning further out of control.

Feb 26, 2015

North Korea shipping firm skirts sanctions by renaming ships: U.N. panel

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N. experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea, which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

Feb 26, 2015

N.Korea shipping firm skirts sanctions by renaming ships -UN panel

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North
Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid
to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in
violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N.
experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea,
which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also
said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy
Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and
ballistic missile programs.”

Feb 25, 2015

Exclusive: Sanctioned North Korea shipping firm still active, renamed ships – U.N. panel

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping firm has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N. experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea, which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

Feb 25, 2015

Sanctioned N.Korea shipping firm still active, renamed ships -UN panel

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North
Korean shipping firm has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to
disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in
violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N.
experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea,
which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also
said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy
Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and
ballistic missile programs.”

Feb 24, 2015

U.S. prepares draft threatening U.N. sanctions on South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday distributed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that would establish a sanctions regime for war-torn South Sudan, but stopped short of proposing specific individuals to be blacklisted or an arms embargo.

The core of the draft proposal, obtained by Reuters, is a threat to impose a worldwide asset freeze and travel ban for anyone undermining security or interfering with the peace process after March 5 and April 1 deadlines set by the East African IGAD bloc.

Feb 23, 2015

UN panel urges increased use of drones in peacekeeping missions

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 23 (Reuters) – A United Nations panel
assessing the future technological needs of peacekeeping
missions has recommended dramatically expanding the use of
unmanned surveillance drones in U.N. military operations, the
head of the panel said on Monday.

Jane Holl Lute, who was previously U.S. deputy secretary for
Homeland Security and a senior U.N. peacekeeping official, said
that was one of 119 recommendations the expert panel on
technology and innovation in U.N. peacekeeping made in a new
report.

Feb 23, 2015

Russia’s Lavrov accuses West of trying to dominate world

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday accused Western powers of trying to dominate and impose their ideology on the rest of world, while the United States and European delegations slammed Moscow for supporting rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Lavrov was speaking at a special meeting of the U.N. Security Council organized by China, which holds the rotating presidency of the 15-nation body this month, on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

Feb 14, 2015

Sri Lanka minister meets U.N. chief, urges war crimes report delay

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s foreign minister met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, and U.N. diplomatic sources said he pressed his government’s desire to delay the release of a U.N. report on alleged war crimes during his country’s civil war.

In their meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Ban discussed “critical priorities for Sri Lanka, including especially human rights, accountability and reconciliation,” the United Nations press office said in a statement.

Feb 13, 2015
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