Following killings of Nepals royal family Annan urges calm

In a statement issued by his spokesman on Friday evening, Mr. Annan said he was “profoundly shocked” by the killing of King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya as well as other members of their family. “He is deeply saddened by this tragedy,” the spokesman said.Extending his heartfelt condolences to the people of Nepal, the Secretary-General called for “calm and stability in this difficult period,” according to the statement.The President of the UN General Assembly, Harri Holkeri of Finland, also expressed his shock at the news, and joined in extending condolences “to the people and Government of Nepal as they cope with this tragedy,” his spokesperson said on Monday. read more

Ban welcomes progress made on territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala

“He welcomes their decision to hold simultaneous referenda on 6 October 2013 to consult their populations on referring the dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ),” the spokesperson added in a news statement. According to media reports, over the years, the long-running dispute between the two Central American countries has led to tensions.The spokesperson noted that Belize and Guatemala have requested financial support from the international community for the referenda and possible eventual legal proceedings.“The Secretary-General believes that this process is in line with the objective of pacific settlement of disputes enshrined in the United Nations Charter and merits international support,” the spokesperson added.Established in 1945 under the UN Charter, the ICJ – sometimes referred to as the World Court – settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by authorized UN organs or specialized agencies. read more