Archive for January, 2013

UN refugee agency concludes operation to repatriate Liberians forced into exile amid civil war

7th January 2013 Uncategorized

New York – The United Nations refugee agency today announced that the last group of Liberians participating in its repatriation programme had returned to their country after having been forced into exile for many years due to the civil war that broke out in 1989 in the West African nation. (more…)

Secretary-General’s statement on Sudan and South Sudan

4th January 2013 Uncategorized

New York – The Secretary-General welcomes the holding of the Summit meeting between President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan and President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, to be hosted on 4 January by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia with the facilitation of President Thabo Mbeki, chair of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP). (more…)

Secretary-General’s statement on the return of UNAMID hostages

3rd January 2013 Uncategorized

New York – The Secretary-General is deeply gratified to learn that two formed police unit officers from the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), who were part of a UNAMID patrol to Kabkabiya town in North Darfur, Sudan, where they were abducted on 20 August, are now free and in the care of UNAMID. The two officers had been detained for 136 days. (more…)

Secretary-General’s statement on the death of 61 people in Côte d´Ivoire

3rd January 2013 Uncategorized

New York – The Secretary-General has learnt with deep sorrow of the heavy human toll of the stampede, which occurred during the New Year’s festivities in Abidjan. Initial official reports indicated that 61 people were crushed to death and at least 50 others were injured, most of them young people.  (more…)