UN Syria envoy to try to move on constitution before leaving

By Edith M. Lederer | AP October 17 at 7:00 PM UNITED NATIONS — U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura said Wednesday that he will make a final effort before stepping down next month to advance toward a new constitution for Syria — a key step in ending the country’s civil war. De Mistura announced at the …

Colombia urges rebels who left reintegration area to return

By Edith M. Lederer | AP October 10 at 3:14 PM UNITED NATIONS — Colombia’s foreign minister on Wednesday urged leaders of the rebel group that signed a peace agreement with the government and left camps for ex-guerrillas to return “and not get lost, once again, on the path of violence and illegality.” Carlos Holmes Trujillo told …

UN calls for end to Congo fighting to combat Ebola outbreak

By Edith M. Lederer | AP October 3 at 5:05 PM UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council called Wednesday for an immediate end to hostilities by all armed groups in northeastern Congo to combat a deadly Ebola outbreak. Council members stressed the urgency of getting medical teams to the affected areas quickly “because the disease can …

Syria FM: Victory over ‘terrorism’ is near, US must leave

By Edith M. Lederer | AP September 29 at 8:22 PM UNITED NATIONS — Declaring that victory over “terrorism” is almost at hand after more than seven years of civil war, Syria’s foreign minister took to the world stage Saturday and demanded that “occupation” forces from the U.S., France and Turkey leave the country immediately. Walid al-Moallem …

World leaders gather at UN under threat from unilateralism

By Edith M. Lederer | AP September 22 at 5:46 PM UNITED NATIONS — With rising unilateralism challenging its very existence, the United Nations convenes its annual meeting of world leaders Monday and will try once more to tackle problems together as a community of nations, addressing threats ranging from Mideast conflicts to the effects of global …

Syria criticizes event on UN body investigating crimes

This photo released on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows smoke rising from a Syrian government airstrike, in Hobeit village, near Idlib, Syria. High-level diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey were meeting Tuesday with the U.N. envoy for Syria about creating a committee to revise …

North and South Korea ask UN to circulate peace declaration

By Edith M. Lederer | AP September 7 at 7:42 PM UNITED NATIONS — North Korea and South Korea asked the United Nations on Friday to circulate a peace declaration their leaders agreed to in April that vows to remove nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula and work toward a formal end to the Korean War. North …

France proposes sanctions against Mali peace deal spoilers

By Edith M. Lederer | AP August 30 at 7:41 PM UNITED NATIONS — France says it has proposed that members of armed groups in Mali who are delaying implementation of a 2015 peace agreement should be put on a U.N. sanctions blacklist. France’s deputy U.N. ambassador Anne Gueguen told the Security Council on Thursday that the …

UN chief urges accountability for Myanmar crimes on Rohingya

By Edith M. Lederer | AP August 29 at 12:33 AM UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for accountability for the “horrendous persecution” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar on Tuesday, and Sweden and the Netherlands urged the Security Council to refer the crimes to the International Criminal Court. But China, which has close ties to Myanmar’s …

UN experts: Armed groups threaten Libya political transition

by Edith M. Lederer | AP August 10 at 8:29 PM UNITED NATIONS — U.N. experts say “predatory behavior” by armed groups in Libya is posing a direct threat to forming a national government and ending lawlessness that has fueled Islamic militancy, human trafficking and instability in the wider region. The experts also warned in the summary …