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Jul 8, 2015

U.N. peacekeeping chief pushes for South Sudan arms embargo

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous pushed the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and to blacklist more rival leaders in the war-torn country, where he sees little prospect of a political solution.

As the world’s newest state marks four years of independence from Sudan, Ladsous briefed the council behind closed doors after the United Nations accused government forces of sexually abusing women and girls and reportedly burning some alive.

Jul 8, 2015

Russia blocks U.N. condemnation of Srebrenica as a genocide

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution on Wednesday that would have condemned the Srebrenica massacre as a genocide to mark the 20th anniversary of the killing of 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

China, Nigeria, Angola and Venezuela abstained and the remaining 10 members of the council voted in favor. The vote was delayed a day as Britain and the United States tried to persuade Russia not to veto the resolution, which would have also condemned denial of the 1995 massacre as a genocide.

Jul 7, 2015

U.N. Srebrenica vote delayed in bid to avoid Russia veto: diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N. Security Council vote on a resolution to condemn the Srebrenica massacre as genocide, marking the 20th anniversary of the mass killing, has been delayed until Wednesday as Britain and the United States try to convince Russia not to veto the commemoration, diplomats said.

Russia has deemed the British-drafted resolution unbalanced and does not want the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys described as genocide. Instead it proposed condemning “the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.”

Jul 6, 2015

Air attack possible lead in 1961 U.N. chief plane crash: inquiry

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A United Nations inquiry into a 1961 plane crash that killed then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold found that new information pointing to an aerial attack or threat bringing down the aircraft warrants further investigation.

Hammarskjold – a Swede elected as the world body’s second chief in 1953 – was killed along with 15 others while on his way to broker a truce in Katanga in what is now Democratic Republic of Congo. The plane crashed in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia.

Jul 2, 2015

Malaysia tells U.N. Security Council of push for MH17 tribunal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Malaysia told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday it plans to push for a U.N.-backed tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing a passenger airliner last year in eastern Ukraine, though Russia described the move as premature, diplomats said.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in July last year with 298 passengers on board, two-thirds of them Dutch. It crashed in territory held by Russian-backed separatists.

Jul 2, 2015

U.N. aiming for pause in Yemen fighting for humanitarian relief

UNITED NATIONS, July 2 (Reuters) – The United Nations has
alerted aid groups to be prepared for a possible humanitarian
pause in fighting in Yemen, starting as early as Friday, that
would allow them to deliver assistance to some of the 21 million
people in need.

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab states has been bombing
the Iranian-allied Houthi rebel movement since late March in a
bid to restore to power Yemen’s elected president, who is backed
by neighboring Saudi Arabia and has fled to Riyadh.

Jul 1, 2015

U.N. Security council blacklists six rival South Sudan generals

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday blacklisted six rival military commanders in South Sudan for threatening the peace and stability of the world’s newest state, diplomats said.

The men, three from either side of South Sudan’s conflict, are the first to be sanctioned by the Security Council’s South Sudan sanctions committee, which operates by consensus. They are now subjected to a global travel ban and asset freeze.

Jul 1, 2015

Britain, Russia at odds over U.N. Srebrenica genocide commemoration

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A draft United Nations Security Council resolution commemorating the 1995 Srebrenica massacre does “not seek to bring up painful divisions nor point the finger of blame,” Britain said on Wednesday as Russia pushes a rival text it considers balanced.

The British-drafted resolution has angered Bosnian Serbs and Serbia, who branded it as “anti-Serb” and sent a letter of protest to the United Nations.

Jun 30, 2015

Syria mediator to brief U.N. chief next week on peace prospects

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura will brief Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon next week on his talks with Syria’s warring parties and world powers on how to end the country’s four-year conflict, a U.N. spokesman said on Tuesday.

“Syria is on the brink of falling apart, putting at even further risk what is already the most unstable region in the world,” Ban said in a statement to mark the third anniversary of a Syria roadmap for peace called the Geneva Communique.

Jun 29, 2015

ICC prosecutor pleads for U.N. Security Council act on Darfur case

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Amid worsening violence in Sudan’s Darfur region, a frustrated International Criminal Court prosecutor pleaded on Monday for the United Nations Security Council to take action to ensure justice “for the long-suffering victims of atrocity crimes.”

“It is long overdue for you to heed the cries of the victims of rape and sexual abuse, torture, mass displacement and other inhumane suffering Darfurians continue to endure,” said ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

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