Tag: United Nations

United Nations
Monday, April 7th 2014 - 06:21 UTC

UN 'deep concern' over violence in Venezuela; supports people's right to protest peacefully

For weeks protestors have camped outside UN offices in Caracas

The United Nations office in Venezuela expressed deep concern over the “high human cost” of anti-government protests which have left 39 people dead during two months of unrest. Hundreds more have been detained or injured in clashes with security forces.

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014 - 21:25 UTC

Cristina Fernández blasts UK and NATO on Malvinas invasion anniversary

The Argentine president during her 30 minute speech at Malvinas Hall next to her full cabinet

Argentine President Cristina Fernández on the 32nd anniversary of the Malvinas Islands invasion by Argentine forces which triggered war (and defeat) with the UK, questioned the British government for not abiding by UN resolutions calling for Falklands sovereignty talks and suggested UK should be less involved in wars and more in looking after its own people.

Friday, March 28th 2014 - 08:21 UTC

Latam divided on UN Crimea vote; Mercosur, except for Venezuela abstains

“Brazil supports all efforts for a peaceful solution to the crisis and invites the sides to an inclusive dialogue”, said ambassador Patriota

The UN resolution condemning the annexation of Crimea by Russia which was voted on Thursday at the general assembly showed Latin America (and Mercosur) divided on the issue. The non binding resolution sponsored by Costa Rica and the western powers received 100 votes, with 11 against and 58 abstentions.

Friday, February 28th 2014 - 03:05 UTC

Ocean Summit takes off with US proposal for a watchdog

The Economist and National Geography are hosting the meeting in San Francisco

The proposal to create an international body within the UN governing the seas was the focus this week at the beginning of the Ocean Summit. In this international meeting, world leaders emphasized its fast degradation and increasing pressure to further exploit its resources.

Tuesday, February 11th 2014 - 08:11 UTC

Decolonization of Gibraltar can only be settled by UN decision, argues Spain

Garacía-Margallo ministry sets out Spain's Gibraltar position in detailed answer to Basque MP Jon Iñarritu

Spain believes negotiation with Britain is the only realistic avenue for a resolution of the claim it makes over Gibraltar and its waters and that only by a decision of the United Nations can decolonization of the Rock be settled.

Monday, February 3rd 2014 - 19:42 UTC

Spain hassles Gibraltar on UN hazardous waste convention

The Spanish government made the introduction through Ban Ki-moon's office

The European Union is not the only place where Spain punctiliously continues to press its position on Gibraltar as a clause in every international agreement. As recently as November 2013 amendment to the Basel Convention on the control of trans-boundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal, Spain introduced, via the office of the UN Secretary General, a communication relating to the territorial application by UK to Gibraltar.

Sunday, January 26th 2014 - 12:17 UTC

Spain has “not taken one step back” regarding its Gibraltar policy, rather the contrary

The issue is permanently in Spain's agenda said Garcia-Margallo

The Spanish Government has “not taken any step back” in relation to its Gibraltar policy “but it has taken many steps forward”, the country’s foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo has declared. Despite the issue having dropped profile in the news since recent weeks, it is an issue “permanently” on the Spanish agenda, the Spanish official told Onda Cero radio.

Thursday, November 7th 2013 - 07:11 UTC

People of Gibraltar will not be duped by Madrid's latest distortion of 'UK/Spain secret negotiations'

Spain is clutching at straws in trying to pretend that the annual United Nations Fourth Committee consensus decision is somehow something new or that will restart the Brussels Process, the Gibraltar Government said on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 31st 2013 - 20:29 UTC

Washington pledges not to spy on UN communications system

“I understand US authorities have given assurances that UN communications are not and will not be monitored”, said a spokesperson (UN photo)

The United Nations said that the United States has pledged not to spy on the world body's communications after a report that the National Security Agency had gained access to the UN video conferencing system.

Tuesday, September 24th 2013 - 07:52 UTC

Santos accepts with ‘prudence’ Mujica’s offer to host peace talks with Colombia’s ELN guerrilla

Mujica with Santos after  the meeting in New York

President Juan Manuel Santos was grateful and ‘accepted with prudence’ his Uruguayan peer Jose Mujica offer to host a peace-talks process in Montevideo with the other big guerrilla movement in Colombia, the ELN, National Liberation Army

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