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Jul 13, 2010

Nations open talks on world arms trade treaty

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The world’s nations opened negotiations on Monday on an arms trade treaty meant to regulate the $55 billion global weapons market and prevent guns from pouring into conflict zones and fueling wars and atrocities.

One person every minute dies as a result of armed violence, and some 128 armed conflicts since the end of the Cold War in 1989 have led to at least 250,000 deaths each year, according to the Control Arms Campaign, an international advocacy group.

Jul 10, 2010

U.N. council condemns attack on S.Korean ship

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council on Friday condemned an attack leading to the sinking of a South Korean warship in March, but stopped short of directly blaming North Korea.

The council statement, by not identifying an attacker, was able to win consent from Pyongyang ally China for unanimous approval and also avoid further alienating North Korea, which the West wants to draw back to six-party talks on ending its nuclear program.

Jul 9, 2010

U.N. council draft condemns attack on S.Korean ship

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N. Security Council draft statement circulated on Thursday condemned what it called an attack leading to the sinking of a South Korean warship in March, but stopped short of unequivocally blaming North Korea.

Diplomats said the draft had been been agreed by the five permanent council members, including Pyongyang’s ally China, as well as by Japan, which is currently on the council, and South Korea, which is not.

Jul 8, 2010

U.N.’s Ban closing S.Lanka office, recalling envoy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon retaliated on Thursday for protests led by a Sri Lankan minister outside U.N. premises in Colombo by closing the office and recalling the top U.N. official in the Asian country.

Ban said it was unacceptable that Sri Lankan authorities had failed to stop the protests from disrupting work by U.N. staff, who were forced to shut their office in the capital on Wednesday.

Jul 8, 2010

U.N.’s Ban to close Sri Lanka office, recall envoy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon retaliated on Thursday for protests led by a Sri Lankan minister outside U.N. premises in Colombo by closing the office and recalling the top U.N. official in the Asian country.

Ban said it was unacceptable that Sri Lankan authorities had failed to stop the protests from disrupting work by U.N. staff, who were forced to shut their office in the capital on Wednesday.

Jul 6, 2010

Serbia, Kosovo clash at U.N. over explosion

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Serbia and its former province of Kosovo clashed in the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday over who was to blame for an explosion that killed one person in an ethnically divided Kosovo town last week.

The dispute also reopened old fault lines in the council between the West, which broadly supported a 2008 independence declaration by Kosovo’s Albanian majority, and Belgrade’s long-standing ally, Russia, which opposed it.

Jun 16, 2010

U.N. to deliver Gaza cargo on ships seized by Israel

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations has agreed to deliver to Gaza cargo aboard three aid ships seized by Israel on May 31 and has won the consent of Israel and the cargo’s Turkish owners to do so, a U.N. envoy said on Tuesday.

Israel’s navy took control of a six-ship convoy trying to run the Jewish state’s blockade of Gaza and forced it to dock in Israeli ports. Nine people were killed aboard one vessel, the Turkish-registered Mavi Mara, provoking an international outcry. Israel said its commandos acted in self-defense.

Jun 15, 2010

U.N. political head proposes Kyrgyzstan aid corridor

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. political chief called on Monday for the urgent creation of a humanitarian corridor for aid to be delivered in Kyrgyzstan, where ethnic violence has killed at least 124 people.

The official, Lynn Pascoe, made the call during a briefing to the Security Council on the situation in the Central Asian state. The members of the 15-nation body condemned violence in Kyrgyzstan and called for calm, the council president said.

Jun 14, 2010

UN council alarmed over spike in Darfur violence

UNITED NATIONS, June 14 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security
Council expressed grave concern on Monday over a spike in
violence in Sudan’s western Darfur region, which a U.N. envoy
said was seriously hindering protection and aid for civilians.

The envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, told the council 447 people had
died in May alone — a lower figure than given last week by
U.N. officials, but still what he called a “serious escalation”
in fighting between Sudan’s government and Darfur rebels.

Jun 9, 2010

U.N. council hits defiant Iran with new sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions on a defiant Iran on Wednesday over a nuclear program the West suspects is aimed at developing the means to build atom bombs.

Iran insisted it would go ahead with the uranium enrichment at the center of the dispute. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the U.N. resolution was “valueless” and should be thrown “in waste bin like a used handkerchief.”

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      "Patrick Worsnip covers the New York-based activities of the United Nations. He joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 1971 and has had postings in Rome, Moscow, Warsaw, Tehran, Beirut and Washington as well as serving as London-based diplomatic correspondent and as an editor-in-charge on the London World Desk."
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