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Nepal: Ban welcomes peaceful conduct of Constituent Assembly polls

20th November 2013

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Nepal for the peaceful and successful conduct of yesterday’s elections for members of the Constituent Assembly, which is tasked with drafting the country’s new constitution. “The new Constituent Assembly will have the historic responsibility… [source: UN News Centre]

Myanmar’s ethnic armies present ceasefire draft

7th November 2013

Eighteen of Myanmar's ethnic armed groups recently gathered in the rebel-controlled Kachin capital of Laiza to draft guidelines for government negotiations, and to strengthen their collective position on what would become the country’s first national ceasefire agreement. “All the groups have… [source: IRIN]

Myanmar: UN adviser lauds peace talks in Kachin

5th November 2013

A United Nations envoy today commended the parties to the Kachin peace talks, calling their meeting this week “a significant move forward” in Myanmar’s national reconciliation process. Following an agreement in October between the Kachin Independence Organization and the Myanmar Government,… [source: UN News Centre]

General Assembly’s First Committee (International Peace and Security) ends session. Approves 48 resolutions and 5 decisions.

5th November 2013

 ‘RECORD-BREAKING’ PARTICIPATION DEFINED FIRST COMMITTEE SESSION, SAYS CHAIR AT CLOSING, AS DELEGATIONS SEND 53 DRAFTS TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY As the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) session drew to a close today, Committee Chair Ibrahim Dabbashi of Libya said that the “record-breaking”… [source: UN News Centre ]