Archive for July, 2013

UN mission sets up security zone in eastern DR Congo, gives rebels 48 hour ultimatum

31st July 2013 Uncategorized

DRC – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced today that it will, for the first time, use its intervention brigade to enforce a security zone around the flashpoint city of Goma in the eastern part of the country, giving rebels 48 hours to disarm. (more…)

International Day of Friendship an occasion to inspire peace, build trust –UN Chief

31st July 2013 Uncategorized

UN – Marking the International Day of Friendship, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the global community to use the potential of friendship to strengthen common bonds and inspire efforts for peace and sustainable development. (more…)

New UN statistics show alarming rise in rapes in strife-torn eastern DR Congo

31st July 2013 Uncategorized

DRC – The recurrent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu province has led to an alarming rise in rapes and violence against women and girls, the United Nations refugee agency said today. (more…)

Mali: UN mission welcomes peaceful elections, stresses need to respect results

30th July 2013 Uncategorized

MALI – The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has commended the West African country for the peaceful conduct of the first round of its presidential elections, which took place yesterday in an orderly manner. (more…)

Secretary-General’s statement on Iraq

30th July 2013 Uncategorized

IRAQ – The Secretary-General is alarmed by the deterioration of the security situation in Iraq. He condemns in the strongest terms the acts of terrorism and the heightened sectarian violence, which are aimed at ripping apart the country’s social fabric. The reported killing today of at least 50 people in a wave of car bombings in predominantly Shiite areas is just the latest occurrence of the kind of heinous violence which is becoming all too commonplace. (more…)