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May 13, 2011

Analysis: U.N. protection of civilians at issue after Libya

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Recent U.N. resolutions on Libya broke new ground in backing international action to protect civilians, but the stalemated civil war that has ensued could roll back those advances, diplomats and analysts say.

Russia, China and other powers have voiced dismay that the world body has appeared to take sides in an internal conflict, not just in Libya but also in Ivory Coast, where a Security Council resolution led to the ousting of an incumbent ruler.

May 9, 2011

Bosnia facing worst crisis in 15 years: envoy

UNITED NATIONS, May 9 (Reuters) – Ethnically divided Bosnia is facing its most serious crisis since it was established as a state 15 years ago, its international envoy warned on Monday, accusing Serb officials of threatening its viability.

Bosnia in the 1990s suffered Europe’s worst conflict since World War Two. The country remains divided between former wartime adversaries living in two autonomous regions — a separatist Serb Republic and a Muslim-Croat federation.

May 3, 2011

World population to pass 7 billion on October 31: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The world’s population is projected to pass 7 billion on October 31 as it heads toward 10 billion or more by the end of the century, a new U.N. report said on Tuesday.

The report also predicted that the global population would be higher by mid-century than its last edition forecast two years ago, reaching 9.31 billion instead of 9.15 billion. It attributed this to fewer deaths as well as more births than it had anticipated.

Apr 30, 2011

U.N. development agency delays Syria aid plan

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said on Saturday it was postponing consideration of an aid plan for Syria because of the turmoil there.

The move followed a sharp attack by a senior U.S. Republican congresswoman on the proposed program, which she said could lead to a “Bucks for Bashar” scandal — a reference to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Apr 27, 2011

European push for U.N. condemnation of Syria fails

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A European push for the U.N. Security Council to condemn Syria’s violent crackdown on anti-government protesters was blocked on Wednesday by resistance from Russia, China and Lebanon, envoys said.

“There will be no statement,” a Security Council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Apr 21, 2011

U.N. urges bold steps to relaunch Mideast peace

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations called on Thursday for “bold and decisive steps” to relaunch the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as the region awaits a possible new initiative by U.S. President Barack Obama.

U.N. political chief Lynn Pascoe and ambassadors of key Security Council countries said it was important to break the deadlock soon as a proclaimed September deadline for reaching an agreement draws closer.

Apr 15, 2011

UN’s Ban urges Rights Council action on W. Sahara

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Friday for action by the U.N. Human Rights Council on disputed Western Sahara but stopped short of proposing permanent rights monitoring by U.N. peacekeepers.

Sahara’s Polisario Front independence movement has long called for the U.N. mission there to report on what it says are rights abuses by Morocco, which annexed the former Spanish colony in 1975. Rabat denies the charge and opposes the move.

Apr 14, 2011

U.N. sex violence envoy chides council on Libya texts

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. special envoy on sexual violence in conflict chided the Security Council on Thursday for failing to mention it in two recent resolutions on Libya, despite having made the subject a priority.

In a speech to the council, Margot Wallstrom said measures against sexual violence should be “automatically and systematically included” in provisions to protect civilians like those in the Libya resolutions.

Apr 11, 2011

U.N. Security Council backs Somalia piracy courts

UNITED NATIONS, April 12 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security
Council on Monday backed the idea of special courts to try
captured Somali pirates but put off a decision on thorny
details such as where to locate them.

A council resolution asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon to report back within two months on how to prosecute
suspects, widely seen as one of the weakest links in the
international effort to combat the scourge of Somali piracy.

Apr 9, 2011

Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo regains ground

ABIDJAN/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, besieged in his Abidjan residence, have retaken ground and are edging closer to where rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara is holed up, the United Nations said.

U.N. peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy told reporters Gbagbo’s forces had used a lull in fighting on Tuesday for peace talks as a ruse to reinforce their positions. [ID:nN08146615]

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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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