World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UN Radio: Return of Iraqi Refugees not Recommended

UN Radio: Annan Urges African Leaders to Take the Lead in Ending Conflicts

  • Click here to listen to this UN Radio report (real player)
  • Click here to listen to this UN Radio report (mp3)
  • Special Report: Large-Scale Return of Iraqi Refugees not Recommended
  • Annan Urges African Leaders to Take the Lead in Ending Conflicts

    Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged African leaders to take the lead in working to end conflicts on the continent. The Secretary-General told a summit of the African Union in Mozambique that while the United Nations and the international community can urge negotiations and spend billions of dollars on peacekeeping missions, none of this will solve conflicts if the political will and capacity do not exist in Africa. Mr. Annan said that is why the African Union and its members must work for an integrated strategy of peaceful settlements.

    "Lasting peace is far more than the absence of war. It is sustainable only if accompanied by democratic transformation and good governance. We know that democratic countries usually do not declare war on each other. The more we expand the number of countries built on democracy, the greater our chances for sustainable peace in the region as a whole.

    The Secretary-General said it was his hope that the leaders would move to convince the youth of the continent that the lives and safety of their fellow Africans are sacrosanct.

    Aid Workers Struggling to Meet the Needs of Liberians – OCHA

    Despite the relative calm stemming from the ceasefire in Monrovia, aid workers are struggling to meet the needs of Liberians. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says humanitarian agencies in the Liberian capital Monrovia are constrained by an uncertain security environment coupled with shortages of both staff and supplies. The UN office says Monrovia's civilians, including roughly 200-thousand internally displaced persons sheltering in more than 80 locations around the city, are faced with a high rate of crime, shortages of food, clean drinking water, health care and sanitation. It says that a breakdown in law and order and the threat of renewed hostilities prevent internally displaced persons from foraging for food in the bush.

    Poverty, Poor Governance Blamed for Instability in West Africa

    The reasons for instability in West Africa are many, including poverty, poor standards of governance and irresponsible leadership in certain countries. That assessment comes in a report from a Security Council mission to West Africa that returned earlier this week. The head of the mission, Britain's ambassador Sir Jeremy Greenstock, also cited illegal exploitation of natural resources and cross-border flows of small arms and mercenaries. He said the sub-regional problems are huge.

    "We saw considerable resolve amongst governments and in ECOWAS to tackle these problems but their ability to do so is undoubtedly constrained by the shortage of resources and the international community, in the view of the mission has to do better at helping them."

    Ambassador Greenstock warned that the international community could not ask West Africa to take the lead in sorting out its own problems and then expect them to pay for it all.

    UN Urges International Donors to Boost Aid to Afghanistan

    A senior United Nations official has warned that international donors would have to more than double their pledges of aid to Afghanistan, if the country is to recover from over two decades of warfare. UN Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nigel Fisher, said "unless there's a real influx of funds," the government won't be able to pay its salaries in August. Mr. Fisher said funds have been slow to come in since donors pledged US$4.6 billion to rebuild Afghanistan over five years at a conference in Tokyo in January 2002. So far, only $2 billion has been distributed.

    Security Council Members Condemn Rebel Offensive on Bujumbura

    Members of the Security Council have expressed deep concern over the latest resumption of hostilities and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Burundi. They've strongly condemned the offensive launched on the capital Bujumbura by the rebel faction Palipehutu-FNL. In a statement Thursday, members of the Council called upon the rebels "to put an immediate and unconditional end" to the offensive and "enter into serious negotiations with the Transitional government without further delay."
    Council President is Ambassador Inocencio Arias of Spain.

    "Members of the Security Council urged states in the region to exert their positive influence on the Burundian rebel groups so that they cease resorting to violence and join fully the Arusha agreement peace process."

    They also condemned an attack on a cantonment site and the earlier abduction of four members of the Burundian parliament.

    © Scoop Media

    World Headlines


    At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

    The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>


    Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

    The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

    Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

    Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


    Other Australian Detention

    Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

    Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


    Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

    Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


    Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

    Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


    Get More From Scoop

    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news