Swiss lead bid to turn Syrian abuses over to ICC

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s call 14 January to the UN Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court in The Hague has received strong backing from 56 other countries that signed the letter saying that those who have committed alleged war crimes abuses must be held accountable. Human Rights Watch, in commending the […]

DRC: Goma taken by rebels, refugee problem rapidly worsening

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The M23 rebels who have been fighting government and UN-backed forces ran into little opposition Tuesday 20 November as they took over the city of Goma in eastern DRC (Democratic  Republic of Congo), news agencies and humanitarian organizations working in the area are reporting. The UN Security Council, in a 15-0 vote, […]

Failed missile launch by North Korea condemned

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A long-range rocket launched by North Korea Friday 13 April to mark the 100th anniversary of the regime’s founding leader exploded 90 seconds after taking off, nonetheless drawing condemnation from G-8 countries. A joint statement from foreign ministers of the G-8, which comprises the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, […]

Syrian refugees pour into Turkey while UN considers resolution

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The United Nations Security Council Wednesday debated a draft resolution that France and the UK presented condemning Syria’s actions against protesters, but the resolution does not appear to have Chinese and Russian support. It stops short of sanctions and military action, but the two have said they fear destabilizing a key Middle […]

UN yes on no-fly zone, military intervention for Libya

The United Nations Security Council in New York late Thursday night 17 March approved a motion to create a no-flyover zone for Libyan airspace, and to allow military intervention but not ground troops in Libya. Ten of the council’s members voted for the motion, with China abstaining and five members abstained from voting: Russia, China, […]

Libyan ex-official kidnapping highlights confusion

Muammar Qadaffi’s regime in Libya says that the interior minister who resigned Monday, Abdel Fattah Younes al-Abidi, was kidnapped by protesters that same day, but CNN says it has been told that he was seen siding with protesters, yet another sign of the growing confusion surrounding information from Libya. Figures for the number of dead […]

USA gives up on Israel settlement freeze

The US government has said it will no longer pursue efforts to persuade the Israeli government to freeze settlements in the occupied territories in order to resume stalled peace talks with the Palestinians. The USA promised Israel 20 Stealth fighter jets worth $3 billion and US vetoes on anti-Israel resolutions in the UN Security Council […]

Iran claims yellowcake capability on eve of Geneva talks (update)

Yellowcake, U3O8. © 2010

Switzerland hosts Iran talks in Geneva as part of its good offices role Update 12:50  Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Iran has announced it is capable of producing its own uranium concentrate, or yellowcake, ahead of talks in Geneva scheduled for 6 December, according to the LA Times. The announcement came as Iran and representatives from […]

China supports UN Security Council reform

China welcomes reform of the UN Security Council as “necessary”, two days after US President Barack Obama said the US would support an Indian bid to gain permanent member status of the body. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, told a news conference in Beijing 1o November that “China values the role India plays […]

UN worker kidnapped in Darfur

A civilian employee of the UN peacekeeping mission to Darfur has been abducted by armed men in El-Fasher, the capital of North Darfur. The kidnapping ocurred just hours after a UN Security Council mission arrived in the area, 7 October. Sudanese armed forces began a hunt for the kidnapped man. Armed men entered the residence […]