UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran complained to a United Nations committee on Tuesday about Washington’s refusal to grant a visa to Tehran’s proposed new U.N. envoy due to his suspected links to hostage-takers, even as the United States stood firm on its decision.
The United States said earlier this month that it would not grant a visa to Hamid Abutalebi because of his connection to the 1979-1981 Tehran hostage crisis when Iranian students seized the U.S. Embassy and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Abutalebi has said he acted only as a translator.
NAIROBI/UNITED NATIONS, April 22 (Reuters) – South Sudan
peace talks were delayed again on Tuesday as United Nations
peacekeepers battle to protect some 22,000 civilians at a base
in Bentiu, where dead bodies lined the dusty streets after an
ethnic massacre during rebels’ seizure of the oil town.
The U.N. base, guarded by 500 peacekeepers, has come under
rocket fire and the number of civilians seeking refuge there has
quadrupled since the start of April, U.N. spokesman Stephane
Dujarric told reporters in New York.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Rebels slaughtered hundreds of civilians when they seized the South Sudan oil hub of Bentiu, hunting down men, women and children who had sought refuge in a hospital, mosque and Catholic church, the United Nations said on Monday.
Rebel troops overran Bentiu, the capital of the oil producing Unity State, on Tuesday. More than 1 million people have fled their homes since fighting erupted in the world’s youngest country in December between troops backing President Salva Kiir and soldiers loyal to his sacked vice president, Riek Machar.