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

 


UN Radio: Sergio Vieira De Mello Buried in Geneva


UN Radio: Sergio Vieira De Mello is Buried in Geneva

  • Click here to listen to this UN Radio report (real player)
  • Click here to listen to this UN Radio report (mp3)
  • UN Radio special report: Iran to start negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency on adopting an additional protocol for UN nuclear inspections
  • Sergio Vieira De Mello is Buried in Geneva

    The body of the Secretary-General's Special Representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was laid to rest at a ceremony attended only by family members and the Secretary General's wife Nane Annan in Geneva today. Prior to the burial, more than 1,000 friends and colleagues joined Vieira de Mello's family at a church service. He was one of the 23 UN staff members killed in the terrorist bomb attack on the UN Headquarters in Baghdad last week. Mr. de Mello, who also served as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, served the United Nations for more than three decades. Memorial services for the UN staff have been held around the world. In his message to the memorial service held in Oslo Norway, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said August 19th would be remembered as the darkest day in the lives of UN staff members. At a service in Amman Jordan, the Administrator of the UN Development programme, Mark Maloch Brown reaffirmed the UN's determination not to be deterred by the attack. UN Special Envoy Says Security Remains Volatile in Liberia

    The Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Liberia, Jacques Klein, has called on the warring parties to stop fighting. Mr. Klein was in Cote d'Ivoire today to discuss the possibility of opening up humanitarian corridors to the war-torn country. He says the security situation in Liberia is deplorable:

    " The belligerents are still fighting and, as I told them, you are wasting your time fighting each other because in a month or two we will be in charge. In the meantime they are looting and raping as much as they can before the force comes in to stem the violence."

    A UN peacekeeping force is scheduled to take over from the West African troops on the 1st of October. The Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Monrovia reports that the atmosphere around the capital remains stable with a few reported incidents. Security Council Decides to Split Tribunals for Rwanda and Former Yugoslavia The Security Council today decided to have separate prosecutors for the tribunals of the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. The Council took the decision in a resolution adopted unanimously. It asked UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, to nominate a new prosecutor for the Rwanda tribunal that is prosecuting the perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda in which close to one million people were killed.

    The Council also urged both tribunals to complete investigations by the end of next year and all trial activities by the end of 2008. It called on both courts to wrap up their work in 2010. Carla Del Ponte, who is based in The Hague, is currently serving as the prosecutor for both courts. The Rwanda tribunal is based in Arusha, Tanzania.

    UN Watchdog Welcomes Iran's Announcement to Allow Inspections of Nuclear Facilities

    The International Atomic Energy Agency has welcomed the announcement by Iran that it would allow snap inspections of its nuclear facilities. The foreign Minister of Iran, Dr. Kamal Kharrazi, has reportedly said his country was willing to work with the UN nuclear watchdog to sign a protocol allowing such inspections. IAEA spokeswoman is Melisa Flemming:

    "Well they have also informed us formally early this week that they planned to begin negotiations with us on adopting an additional protocol. We welcome this as a positive step and we do hope that it would just be a matter of weeks before we see a signature on the dotted line."

    The IAEA has reported that its inspectors found traces of highly enriched, weapons grade uranium at an Iranian facility.

    UN Envoy Opens Workshop on Former Child Soldiers in Afghanistan

    The UN Special Representative in Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, today opened a UN Children's Fund workshop on the demobilization and reintegration of former child soldiers. In his remarks, Mr. Brahimi spoke about the process of demobilization, disarmament and reconstruction, known as DDR, adding that in post conflict areas there is usually a lot of misunderstanding about DDR.

    © 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>>

    ALSO:

    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>>

    ALSO:

    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>>

    ALSO:

    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>>

    ALSO:

    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>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     
     
     
     
     
    World
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news