Honduras Ban renews support for reconciliation moves after last years coup

In a meeting on the margins of the new General Assembly session, the two men discussed the recently established Truth and Reconciliation Commission, headed by former Guatemalan vice president Eduardo Stein, which Mr. Lobo set up to investigate events leading up to the June 2009 coup which ousted President José Manuel Zelaya seven months before the end of his term. At the time of its inauguration in May Mr. Ban praised the commission as “an important first step” toward binding the wounds opened by the ouster. “We encourage all of those in leadership in Honduras to take a sensitive, comprehensive and sustained approach to the task ahead,” he said then. “Truth-telling is a necessary but not sufficient basis for reconciliation.“Bringing the Honduran nation together will also require sustained efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, promote respect for human rights, and provide social and economic opportunity for all Hondurans.” 21 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today assured Honduran President Porfirio Lobo of United Nations support for his efforts to promote the rule of law, protect human rights and fight impunity in the Central American country, which was shaken by the ouster of his predecessor last year. read more

Security Council strongly condemns ballistic missile test by DPR Korea

In a press statement, Council members expressed their utmost concern over the DPRK’s “highly destabilising behaviour and flagrant and provocative defiance” of the Council by conducting this ballistic missile launch in violation of its international obligations under the body’s relevant resolutions, dating from 2006. “The members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures including sanctions, in line with the Council’s previously expressed determination,” said the statement.The body dealing with the Council’s sanctions regime against DPRK, known as the ‘1718 Committee’ after the Council resolution that established it, was urged to redouble its efforts to improve global implementation of all measures, including by implementing the relevant feasible recommendations of the Panel of Experts as soon as possible.Stressing that the DPRK’s illegal ballistic missile activities are significantly contributing to its development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond, the Council further regretted that the country is diverting resources to the pursuit of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons while its own citizens “have great unmet needs.” Further to the statement, the Council emphasized the vital importance of the DPRK’s immediately showing sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula and beyond. To that end, the Security Council demanded the DPRK conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests.Reiterating the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in North-East Asia at large, the Council members expressed their commitment to “a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation,” and welcomed efforts by Council members, as well as other States, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue. read more