Peacekeeping chief: UN backs desire for end to Haiti mission
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations supports the desire of Haiti's leaders to end the U.N. stabilization mission in the country in October and for Haitian authorities to fully assume...
UN: South Sudan still fragile but there’s a chance for peace
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday there is a chance for peace in South Sudan, with more progress since the warring sides signed a new peace deal in September than at any time since the conflict erupted five years ago.
China says 8,000-strong UN peacekeeping standby force ready
BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday it has assembled a standby force of thousands of United Nations peacekeepers, furthering its leading role in the global body's efforts to tamp down conflicts worldwide.
UN chief reports significant results against rebels in Congo
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A joint military operation by U.N. and Congolese troops to rout rebel forces from their strongholds in the Ebola-hit northeast Congo has "achieved quite significant results" and is still under way, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Friday.
UN vows to tackle Congo rebels, contain Ebola
BENI, Congo (AP) — The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations vowed Wednesday to do more with Congo's government to help improve security in the country's east, where frequent attacks by rebels are undermining efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 150 people.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix said the U.N. "will do our best to contain the Ebola outbreak despite the security environment that is being degraded by armed groups."
Congo boycotts 2 UN events because it wasn’t consulted
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Congo is boycotting two planned U.N. events focusing on the central African nation because it was not consulted on the agenda or expected outcome, the president's top adviser said Wednesday.
Barnabe Kikaya Bin Karubi told The Associated Press the government was informed that as a result the meetings had been canceled.
The Latest: Congo to boycott UN meetings about the country
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Congo says it has decided to boycott two planned U.N. events focusing on the central African nation because it was not consulted on the agenda or expected outcome.
Barnabe Kikaya Bin Karubi is the top adviser to Congo President Joseph Kabila and he told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the government was informed that the meetings had been canceled.
UN envoy: Warring parties in South Sudan must silence guns
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for South Sudan says the first step by the country's warring parties to demonstrate their backing for what they say is their final peace agreement is to silence their guns immediately and everywhere — which hasn't happened.
Nicholas Haysom told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that without an end to fighting "the international community will be reluctant to provide financial support."
UN: Situation in Sudan’s Darfur region is ‘radically’ better
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Monday the situation in Sudan's troubled Darfur region "has changed radically for the better" and the United Nations and the African Union are recommending new sharp cuts in their joint security force.
Corpses displayed in protest in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The corpses of 17 civilians were laid out in front of the United Nations peacekeeping offices in Central African Republic's capital Wednesday in a furious protest over a new operation against armed groups that has targeted a largely Muslim neighborhood.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The chief of United Nations peacekeeping operations says the world body is moving ahead with "certain adjustments" to its force in Cyprus that will make it more effective in fulfilling its mission to keep tensions low on the ethnically-divided island.
UN urges Mali government to hold presidential vote in July
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping chief urged Mali's government on Tuesday to do everything possible to hold presidential elections on schedule in mid-July.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council that last week's adoption of a timeline for the government, Tuareg separatists and armed groups to implement a June 2015 peace agreement by the end of March was an important step.
UN official condemns Congo’s violent repression of protests
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping chief condemned "violent repression" by Congo security forces against demonstrators protesting the refusal of President Joseph Kabila to step down and warned Tuesday that further electoral delays risk fueling political tensions.
UN to pursue rebels who killed 14 peacekeepers in Congo
BENI, Congo (AP) — The United Nations mission in Congo will pursue the Allied Democratic Forces rebels who killed 14 peacekeepers earlier this month in the single deadliest attack on a peacekeeping mission in nearly 25 years, the U.N. said Tuesday.
The Dec. 7 attack on a peacekeeping base also killed at least five Congolese soldiers. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N.'s official death toll is 14 peacekeepers dead and one missing, which has accounted for a shifting death toll.
Tanzania urges UN to probe killings of peacekeepers in Congo
DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania's government is urging the United Nations to conduct an independent investigation into the killings of 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers last week in eastern Congo.
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa made the comments to the state broadcaster as he led hundreds of mourners in an emotional ceremony for the slain peacekeepers in the commercial hub, Dar es Salaam. The event was attended by the U.N.'s top peacekeeping official, Jean-Pierre Lacroix.
Russian military hosts UN officials at anti-mine center
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military has hosted a delegation of United Nations officials at its main anti-mine facility.
The United Nations' delegation was led by Jean-Pierre Lacroix, a French diplomat who serves as the U.N. Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping operations.
The Russian Defense Ministry said they discussed prospects for cooperation and joint action with the U.N. during Monday's visit.
UN says 1.25 million South Sudanese are 1 step from famine
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Over 1.2 million people in war-torn South Sudan are one step away from famine — twice as many as at the same time last year — and in early 2018 half the country's population will be reliant on emergency food aid, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Thursday.
UN says South Sudan ‘lukewarm’ about regional peace effort
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — South Sudan's government has given only "a lukewarm response" to a regional effort to revive the 2015 peace agreement and end worsening violence in the world's newest nation, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the U.N. Security Council that opposition figures including the country's former vice president, Riek Machar, "all declared cautious support to the process."
UN calls security situation in Mali ‘alarming’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping chief called the security situation in Mali "alarming" on Thursday, warning that extremist groups operating under the al-Qaida banner are carrying out more sophisticated attacks and Islamic State militants are slowly making inroads.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council that "this convergence of threats is particularly alarming" because the government presence is often weak or non-existent.