UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israeli settlements on occupied land wanted by the Palestinians may have already killed a possible two-state solution, said the United Nations Middle East envoy on Thursday as he suggested the U.N. Security Council should take action on the peace process.
Palestinians seek a state in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967. Most countries view Israel’s settlement building on occupied land as illegal.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday boosted the number of peacekeepers in Central African Republic by more than 1,000 after the mission was overburdened by a need to protect infrastructure and senior officials in the capital Bangui.
The 15-member council unanimously approved the request by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for an additional 750 troops and 280 police, which takes the mandated strength of the operation to nearly 13,000 uniformed personnel.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday refused to cut the number of peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo until progress is made in an offensive against Rwandan rebels in the country’s east, snubbing government calls for a decrease.
A month-long Congolese army (FARDC) campaign against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels has achieved little and revived doubts about the will and capacity of Congo to defeat a group at the heart of two decades of conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A former child soldier from Democratic Republic of Congo told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday he was sorry for the harm he caused after he was forcefully recruited from his school by an armed group at age 12.
“We killed, we looted,” said Junior Nzita Nsuami, now 30. “We transported cases of ammunition, we walked thousands of kilometers with just one belief – we must fire on everything that moves out of fear that we will be fired upon.”
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Yemen asked the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to back military action by “willing countries” to combat an advance by Shi’ite Muslim Houthi militia, according to a letter from President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi seen by Reuters.
Hadi wants the 15-member body to adopt a resolution to authorize “willing countries that wish to help Yemen to provide immediate support for the legitimate authority by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter the Houthi aggression.”
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – France warned on Tuesday that “insufficient” progress has been made toward a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers with specific disparities over research and development and the issue of sanctions.
“Iran must now make difficult choices if it truly wishes to regain the trust of the international community,” French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre told a United Nations Security Council meeting on U.N. sanctions on Iran.
UNITED NATIONS, March 24 (Reuters) – The United Nations
Security Council on Tuesday threatened sanctions against “senior
individuals” in South Sudan for actions or policies that
jeopardize security and stability after the war-torn country’s
leaders failed to agree on a peace deal.
South Sudan plunged into civil war in December 2013 when a
political crisis sparked fighting between forces loyal to
President Salva Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy
Riek Machar. The conflict has reopened ethnic fault lines that
pit Kiir’s Dinka people against Machar’s ethnic Nuer forces.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia failed on Tuesday in a bid to stop the United Nations extending staff benefits to all same-sex couples after a U.N. General Assembly budget committee voted 80 to 43 against the proposal.
There were 37 abstentions and 33 countries did not vote.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in July that the United Nations would recognize all same-sex marriages of its staff, allowing them to receive U.N. benefits.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The people of Syria feel “increasingly abandoned by the world” as global attention focuses on Islamic State militants, while violence and government bureaucracy hinder attempts to deliver aid to 12 million people, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said on Monday.
In his 13th monthly report to the United Nations Security Council on Syria, Ban said a lack of accountability during the four-year civil war has also led to a rise in allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other human rights abuses.
UNITED NATIONS, March 22 (Reuters) – The United Nations
warned on Sunday that Yemen’s conflict could become an
“Iraq-Libya-Syria” scenario if either side pushes for control of
the country, prompting the U.N. Security Council to threaten
further measures if the hostilities do not end.
The violence has been spreading across the Arabian peninsula
country since last year when Houthi militia seized the capital
Sanaa and effectively removed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi,
who now seeks a comeback from the southern port city of Aden.