Veto to blame for non-resolution of Kashmir issue: Pakistan

United Nations: Raking up the Kashmir issue at the United Nations, Pakistan has said use of the veto in Security Council prevented solving the “longstanding dispute” and “hindered” implementation of UN resolutions on the matter. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, speaking in the Inter-Governmental Negotiations on Security Council reform here on March 9, said, “The use of the veto in the Security Council prevented a resolution of the longstanding dispute of Kashmir and hindered implementation of UN Resolutions on the issue”. Her remarks were made available in aRead More

Fighters in South Sudan rape women in place of wages: UN

Geneva: South Sudan lets fighters rape women as payment, the UN rights office said yesterday, describing the country as “one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world.” “The assessment team received information that the armed militias… who carry out attacks together with the SPLA (South Sudanese army) commit violations under an agreement of ‘do what you can and take what you can,’” the rights office said in a new report. In a report, the UN human rights office painted a harrowing picture of civilians suspected of supportingRead More

Syria peace talks postponed to March 9th: UN

Geneva: Peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in Syria will resume in Geneva on March 9, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura’s office said yesterday, announcing a two-day postponement. “Intra-Syrian peace talks will resume in the afternoon of 9 March,” de Mistura’s office said in a statement. “The 7th of March 2016 was initially set as the target date for the resumption of peace talks,” but a short delay was needed ‘to allow adequate time to address logistical and practical matters’. “Mr. de Mistura looks forward to Syrian participants’ engagementRead More

Syria crisis: UN to deliver aid to civilians besieged in ceasefire 

 Damascus: The United Nations prepared to deliver aid to thousands of besieged civilians in Syria today as a fragile ceasefire entered its third day largely intact despite accusations of violations. UN humanitarian coordinator Yacoub El Hillo said the world body hoped to take advantage of the first major truce in five years of conflict to distribute supplies to an extra 154,000 people living in besieged areas over the next five days. A successful truce would also create a more favourable backdrop for peace talks that collapsed in acrimony in earlyRead More

Syria ceasefire begins under US-Russia deal

Damascus: Guns fell silent across Syria today after a landmark UN-backed ceasefire came into effect, the first major truce in five years of civil war that have claimed more than 270,000 lives. On the stroke of midnight, firing stopped in suburbs around the capital and the devastated northern city of Aleppo, media correspondents said, after a day of intense Russian air strikes on rebel bastions across the country. Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was quiet in the north of Latakia province and in the centralRead More

Nawaz Sharif meets ban-ki-moon, discusses pakistan political crisis

United Nations: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have discussed the current political crisis and security situation in Pakistan and the need for improved bilateral relations with India. The UN chief met Sharif yesterday and talked about the political and prevailing security situation in Pakistan. “The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also discussed the need for improved relations between Pakistan and India,” according to Ban’s spokesperson. The secretary-general also expressed hope that Pakistan and Afghanistan would continue to improve their bilateral ties. Ban also conveyed hisRead More

Israeli strikes on Palestinian could breach laws of war: UN

Geneva: Israel could be violating the laws of war by bombing Palestinian homes in Gaza, UN’s human rights office said on Friday, as the death toll from the Israeli strikes rose to 100. “Such reports raise doubts about whether the Israeli air strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law,” she said. “Even when a home is identified as being used for military purposes, any attack must be proportionate, offer a definite military advantage in the prevailing circumstances at the time, and precautions mustRead More

United States urges parties to end political unrest

Dhaka: The United States has urged Political parties of Bangladesh to get talks going to end political unrest in the South Asian country, media reported on Tuesday. “We believe that with goodwill, the two parties can still find a way to have free, fair and credible elections that the Bangladeshi people want and deserve,” US envoy Dan Mozena said. The statement was issued after Mozena spent a busy day meeting several ministers as the Opposition’s nationwide blockade entered the fourth day on Tuesday. Mozena has also suggested the Bangladeshi politiciansRead More

Moon asked Iran to free its political prisoners

Tehran: United Nations secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked Iran to free all its political prisoners. He was speaking on the sidelines of a Non-Aligned Movement summit. “I have urged the authorities during my visit this time to release Opposition Leaders, human rights defenders, journalists and social activists to create the conditions for free expression and open debate,” Ban said, according to the text of the address delivered late yesterday to an Iranian diplomats’ college. “Restricting freedom of expression and suppressing social activism will only set back development and plantRead More

MPSTDC gets the National Tourism award from UN

BHOPAL: MP Tourism State Development Corporation (MPSTDC) has bagged the National Tourism 2012 award constituted by the United Nation World Tourism Organization. The award was conferred at Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism and Safari India National Tourism awards ceremony held recently at New Delhi. It was organized by Pacific Area Travel Writers Association, a corporation spokesman said. MP State Tourism Development Corporation was awarded with Safari India’s National Tourism Award 2012 for best destination for all seasons. It was received by the chairman of MPSTDC Mohan Yadav in the presenceRead More