Quartet Calls for $1.1 Billion to Support Palestinian Authority

The Middle East Quartet (United Nations, Russian Federation, United States, European Union) issued a statement on 11th April 2012 regarding developments in negotiations between Israel, Palestine and the Quartet. Among the developments and statements was a call for $1.1 billion to support the ailing Palestinian Authority which has suffered withering finances as a result of … Read more Quartet Calls for $1.1 Billion to Support Palestinian Authority

UK Focuses UN Attention on “Arab Spring”

The UK has taken its opportunity as the current president of the UN Security Council to focus attention on the “Arab Spring” which saw unrest and regime change in several North African and Middle Eastern nations in the past few years. Chairing a debate at the council, the UK’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, called the … Read more UK Focuses UN Attention on “Arab Spring”

UN Secretary General Meets with Argentinian Foreign Minister For Talks on Falkland Islands

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, met with Argentine Foreign Minister, Héctor Timerman, in New York on Friday 10th February 2012 to discuss the situation in the Falkland Islands, otherwise known as the Malvinas. The diplomatic language between the Argentinians and British, who both claim sovereignty over the islands, has been increasingly aggressive of … Read more UN Secretary General Meets with Argentinian Foreign Minister For Talks on Falkland Islands

Secretary General of the Arab League Denounces Shelling of Homs

The Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Dr Nabil El Araby, has denounced the Syrian shelling of protesters in the city of Homs. Dr Nabil warned against violence in all its forms lest Syria should slide into civil war. The Secretary General said in a statement: “We are following with deep concern the … Read more Secretary General of the Arab League Denounces Shelling of Homs

Clashes Mar South Sudan’s Newfound Independence

Clashes in Jonglei district of South Sudan have tested the young government of the newly independent state with a battalion of blue helmets having to be drafted in to Pibor town at the start of January 2012. The UN soldiers were supporting government troops from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army who had been tasked with defending … Read more Clashes Mar South Sudan’s Newfound Independence

NATO Declares Death of Colonel Qaddafi

NATO has declared victory in Libya once more, this time on news that the former leader may have died somewhere near Sirte. The NATO Secretary General, Ander Fogh Rasmussen, said in a statement: “After 42 years, Colonel Qadhafi`s rule of fear has finally come to an end. Libya can draw a line under a long … Read more NATO Declares Death of Colonel Qaddafi

Former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani Assassinated in Kabul

The former Afghan President, Burhanuddin Rabbani has been killed in Kabul. The professor had been working as part of the Chairman of the High Peace Council in Afghanistan. Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, the head of the joint secretariat of Afghanistan’s Peace and Reintegration Programme, was also injured. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, and the NATO … Read more Former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani Assassinated in Kabul

World Leaders Head to New York for Showdown on Palestinian Membership of the UN

World leaders have begun travelling to New York ahead of the 66th UN General Assembly where a vote will take place on Palestine’s attempt to gain membership of the international body. The move has been branded as a provocation by Israel and Barack Obama has said that he will veto the UN membership of Palestine, … Read more World Leaders Head to New York for Showdown on Palestinian Membership of the UN

Situation in Tripoli “very, very dynamic and complex” – Colonel Roland Lavoie

In an update on the situation in Libya, the spokesperson for Operation Unified Protector, Colonel Roland Lavoie explained that the current situation in Tripoli remains dynamic and complex. Although several journalists being held by gunmen in the Rixos hotel were allowed to leave with Red Cross workers on Wednesday afternoon, rebels do not yet fully control … Read more Situation in Tripoli “very, very dynamic and complex” – Colonel Roland Lavoie

Special Tribunal for Lebanon Issues Arrest Warrants for Hariri Murder

Special Tribunal for Lebanon has issued long-awaited arrest warrants for those suspected of assassinating the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafiq Hariri in 2005. The sealed arrest warrants were sent to the Lebanese Prosecutor-General to allow time for the Lebanese authorities to pursue the accused. Judge Fransen took the opportunity to remind observers that, while the … Read more Special Tribunal for Lebanon Issues Arrest Warrants for Hariri Murder

Ban Ki Moon Re-Appointed as United Nations Secretary General

Ban Ki Moon has been re-elected as the Secretary General of the United Nations. The head of the organization has been in office since January 2007. The UN General Assembly re-appointed Mr Ban by acclamation on 21st June 2011. His second term will run from 1st January 2012 to 31st December 2016. Upon his re-appointed, … Read more Ban Ki Moon Re-Appointed as United Nations Secretary General

Ban Ki Moon and International Community Hail Nepal’s Smooth Transition

Although there is a bumpy road ahead for Nepal’s political parties working to accomplish the peace and constitution drafting process, the political parties have managed to strike a five-point deal, paving the way for a three-month extension of the Constituent Assembly. The international community have ‘cautiously’ welcomed the move. The deal was welcomed by the … Read more Ban Ki Moon and International Community Hail Nepal’s Smooth Transition

Political Crisis Deepens in Nepal as Deadline for Constitution Looms

Nepal’s 3-year-old Constituent Assembly is scheduled to expire on 28th May 2011. The assembly has a mandate to carve a new republic and federal statute. Political crisis is looming large in the Himalayan country as political parties have failed to reach an agreement on the modality of a future constitution and new roadmap for peace. … Read more Political Crisis Deepens in Nepal as Deadline for Constitution Looms

NATO Takes Out Further Targets in Tripoli and Brega

NATO have reported taking out further targets in Libya including thirteen bunkers, one tank and one Amoured Personnel Carrier around Tripoli as well as three Multiple Rocket Launchers near Brega. Two humanitarian aircraft missions have been allowed through the no-fly zone. Over in the Mediterranean, eighteen ships were hailed on 12th April by naval forces to … Read more NATO Takes Out Further Targets in Tripoli and Brega

The Full Paris Communiqué on Libya from the US, UK and France, 19th March 2011

On Saturday 19th March 2011, the following communiqué was issued by world leaders present in Paris to discuss the situation in Libya: At the invitation of President of the French Republic, M. Nicolas SARKOZY, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations; Mr. José Luis Zapatero, President of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain, Mrs. … Read more The Full Paris Communiqué on Libya from the US, UK and France, 19th March 2011