UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Divisions in the Security Council are likely to prevent any immediate concrete outcome when the body discusses Syria’s alleged covert atomic work on Thursday, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said.
The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors voted in June to report Syria to the Security Council, rebuking it for stonewalling an agency probe into the Dair Alzour complex bombed by Israel in 2007.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Countries and groups that attack schools and hospitals will be named and shamed by the United Nations and could be liable to sanctions under a resolution passed by the Security Council on Tuesday.
Perpetrators will be added to a list the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon publishes as an annex to an annual report on children and armed conflict. The list identifies those who kill, maim or rape children in armed conflicts, or recruit and use them as child soldiers.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council, in its first statement on the turmoil in Syria, on Tuesday strongly condemned this week’s attacks by demonstrators against the U.S. and French embassies in Damascus.
The unanimous statement by the 15-nation body read to media by current council president Peter Wittig, Germany’s U.N. ambassador, called on Syrian authorities to protect diplomatic property and personnel.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A day before the split of Africa’s largest nation, the U.N. Security Council voted to establish a new peacekeeping force for poor, conflict-ravaged but oil-producing South Sudan.
It comes six years after a 2005 peace deal that ended years of war but also comes as fears rise about conflict in volatile border regions.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. peacekeepers should be able to stay in the volatile areas of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile after South Sudan secedes from the north, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. said on Thursday, days before the United Nations’ mission is set to end.
Poor, conflict-ravaged but oil-producing South Sudan is preparing to secede on July 9 and the U.N.’s UNMIS mission, which monitors compliance with the 2005 north-south peace deal, is set to end.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israel used force “not commensurate to the threat” when it fired live ammunition during a Palestinian demonstration in May, but the protesters
also behaved in a provocative and violent way, a U.N. report released on Wednesday said.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A number of aid agencies called on the United Nations on Wednesday to increase the number of troops to be deployed to South Sudan after it secedes from the north on Saturday.
Ahead of the official separation of poor, conflict-ravaged but oil-producing South Sudan, the U.N. Security Council is expected to approve the deployment of up to 7,000 U.N. peacekeepers in the south.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council plans to discuss in July the possibility of Palestine becoming a United Nations member state, the Security Council president said on Tuesday.
The Arab League has said it would request U.N. membership for a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with East Jerusalem as its capital at the U.N. General Assembly in September.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators on Saturday said it is concerned about “unsustainable conditions” facing people in Gaza but said additional flotillas should be discouraged.
For the second year in a row, international activists have been assembling in the Mediterranean on an assortment of boats, planning to challenge Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iran denied in a statement issued by its U.N. mission on Friday that two U.S. citizens detained on spying charges have been mistreated, saying they had consular contact and a visit from their families.
Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, together with Bauer’s fiancee Sarah Shourd, were arrested by Iranian forces on July 31, 2009, on suspicion of spying after crossing into Iran from neighboring Iraq.