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U.N. Command approves mine removal on North-South Korea border

U.N. Command approves mine removal on North-South Korea border

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SEOUL, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The United Nations Command has approved the South Korean government's plan to remove landmines on the North and South Korean border areas, VOA reported on Wednesday. North and South Korean authorities started removing landmines along the border this week as part of the process to ease military tensions, agreed in the third inter-Korean summit. "Consistent with the spirit of the U.N. Armistice Agreement, as well as the recent Comprehensive Agreement between North and South Korea, the United Nations Command authorized the current demining efforts ongoing at the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom," U.N. Command's public affairs officer Chad Carroll was quoted as saying the VOA report. He added that the United States Forces in South Korea will aid South Korean Army engine...
U.N. court rules in favor of Chile in sea dispute with Bolivia

U.N. court rules in favor of Chile in sea dispute with Bolivia

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Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The International Court of Justice ruled Monday that Chile is under no obligation to negotiate granting neighbor Bolivia access to the Pacific Ocean, ending a 134-year-old dispute between the two countries. The court, the United Nations' highest, voted 12-3 to dismiss the case after five years of deliberations. Bolivia became landlocked in the early 20th century after losing the War of the Pacific to Chile, which claimed some 250 miles of Bolivian coast as its own as part of the 1904 Treaty of Peace and Friendship. But Bolivia has demanded access to the ocean for decades because much of the country's imports must go through Chilean ports. "Restoring Bolivia's sovereign access to the sea would make a small difference to Chile, but it would transform the destiny of Bolivia,"...
U.N. Syria envoy warns of 'perfect storm' in Idlib

U.N. Syria envoy warns of 'perfect storm' in Idlib

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Aug. 30 (UPI) -- U.N. Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura warned of a "perfect storm" facing the country's Idlib province Thursday. De Mistra expressed concern for the residents of Idlib as President Bashar al-Assad's government forces, which are backed by Russia, are expected to launch an offensive to clear militants from the al-Qaida and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham -- also known as the al-Nusra Front -- militant groups from the area. "While we are talking, there are some discussions taking place, and we hope that they will be fruitful but that doesn't mean that we should be not worried, on the contrary, we are worried about any hurried escalation," he said. The Russian military amassed a fleet of at least 10 warships and two submarines off Syria's northwest coast in preparation for an as...
U.N.: Algerian deportees headed for Europe dying in Sahara heat

U.N.: Algerian deportees headed for Europe dying in Sahara heat

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May 16 (UPI) -- Dozens of refugees seeking asylum in Europe have died this year in the blistering heat of Africa's Sahara Desert and thousands more are trapped there, a United Nations agency said Wednesday. The International Organization for Migration said the migrants have been stranded in the desert in recent weeks after they were expelled from Algeria. It also said it's providing shelter for up to 3,500 of the displaced in Niger. Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said last year the migrants are "a threat to national security." A crackdown on migration by Algerian authorities has led to the deportations of thousands who hoped to make it to Africa's Mediterranean coast en route to Europe. Many deportees, mostly from sub-Saharan Mali, Cameroon and Nigeria, have been left in t...
U.N. ends peacekeeping mission in Liberia after 15 years

U.N. ends peacekeeping mission in Liberia after 15 years

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March 30 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the government of Liberia for turning "the page on crisis and conflict" as the United Nations ended its mission in the west African nation Friday.U.N. peacekeepers departed Liberia after nearly 15 years in the wake of two deadly civil wars."The secretary-general congratulates the people and government of Liberia for their determination to turn the page on crisis and conflict," a statement on behalf of Guterres said. "He commends the government's continued efforts to ensure sustained peace and sustainable development in Liberia."U.N. peacekeeping troops entered the country in October 2003 at the end of the second Liberian civil war between a rebel group in the north, one in the south and the government of former Preside