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September 12, 1992 | Associated Press
Gunfire from mercenaries caused the plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold in 1961 in Africa, two former U.N. officials said in a letter published Friday. The mercenaries were hired by Belgian, American and British mining companies that feared their business would be hurt by Hammarskjold's attempt to mediate a dispute in Zaire, a copper-rich former Belgian colony, according to the letter in The Guardian. The mercenaries were hired to intercept the U.N.
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September 30, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The director of the U.N. drug control program, which was recently under investigation because of allegations of fraud and mismanagement, will leave his post in mid-2002, the U.N. secretary-general's spokesman said. Pino Arlacchi discussed the extension of his appointment, which expires Feb. 28, with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan at a meeting Friday, spokesman Fred Eckhard said. "Mr. Arlacchi indicated that he could not continue in his post for another full term," Eckhard said late Friday.
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January 18, 2000 | By MAGGIE FARLEY,
After four weeks of deadlock, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday that the best person to be chief U.N. weapons inspector for Iraq is Swedish diplomat Rolf Ekeus, who led a U.N. inspection team there from 1991 to 1997. But Russia rejected Annan's choice Monday night, casting Ekeus' nomination into doubt. Russian Ambassador Sergei V. Lavrov sent a formal letter to the president of the Security Council, U.S.
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March 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Mary Robinson, U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said she will not seek a second term and is stepping down in September when her four-year posting ends. Robinson, 56, a former president of Ireland and a lawyer who took the top U.N. rights job in September 1997, made the announcement to the annual session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. She told reporters that a lack of resources for her department has been a major obstacle to carrying out her job.
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September 30, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The director of the U.N. drug control program, which was recently under investigation because of allegations of fraud and mismanagement, will leave his post in mid-2002, the U.N. secretary-general's spokesman said. Pino Arlacchi discussed the extension of his appointment, which expires Feb. 28, with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan at a meeting Friday, spokesman Fred Eckhard said. "Mr. Arlacchi indicated that he could not continue in his post for another full term," Eckhard said late Friday.
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August 28, 1998 | PAUL RICHTER and CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The noisy resignation of a senior U.N. arms inspector put the Clinton administration on the defensive Thursday, as it sought to explain an Iraq policy that critics assail as a new soft line toward a dangerous regime. Faced with deepening divisions on the U.N. Security Council, the administration in recent months has tried to reduce conflicts over the inspectors' intrusive forays into suspected Iraqi weapons sites.
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December 9, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Danish Defense Minister Hans Haekkerup will succeed Bernard Kouchner of France in mid-January as the U.N. administrator in Kosovo, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced. Kouchner has served as U.N. administrator since the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization took control of Kosovo in June 1999 after the Western alliance's 78-day air war against Yugoslavia.
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March 20, 1998 | From Associated Press
The United Nations chose 20 diplomats Thursday to accompany weapons inspectors to sensitive sites in Iraq, fulfilling a key provision of a U.N.-brokered agreement that averted a U.S. military strike. On the team are representatives from all but three of the 15 nations on the Security Council, including officials from all five permanent members. The group was ordered to travel to Bahrain this weekend. Jayantha Dhanapala of Sri Lanka, appointed by U.N.
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May 2, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Australia's U.N. ambassador, Richard Butler, was appointed executive chairman of the U.N. commission in charge of Iraqi disarmament, the United Nations announced. He will replace Rolf Ekeus of Sweden, who has led the U.N. Special Commission, known as UNSCOM, since its inception in 1991. Butler will take over July 1, and Ekeus will become Sweden's ambassador to Washington. UNSCOM is in charge of eliminating Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
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February 9, 1992 | From the Baltimore Sun
President Bush is pushing former Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh for the top administrative job on the U.N. staff, U.S. officials said Saturday. An American is expected to be named to the new post of undersecretary for administration and management and to play a crucial role in streamlining the bureaucracy of the world body. Bush, who has been trying to find a new spot in government for Thornburgh since his loss in the U.S.
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December 9, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Danish Defense Minister Hans Haekkerup will succeed Bernard Kouchner of France in mid-January as the U.N. administrator in Kosovo, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced. Kouchner has served as U.N. administrator since the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization took control of Kosovo in June 1999 after the Western alliance's 78-day air war against Yugoslavia.
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September 18, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A United Nations refugee agency official was killed and another abducted during an attack on the town of Macenta in the southern part of Guinea, local residents and the agency said. Residents who had fled to the town of Nzerekore, farther south, told a reporter by phone that the unidentified attackers had crossed the border from Liberia. The dead man was identified as Mensah Kpognon, a Togolese national who was head of the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Macenta.
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September 8, 2000 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With more than 150 world leaders gathered here under one roof this week, who is the most powerful person in the building? Try Nadia Younes: She can tell President Clinton where to stand, President Vladimir V. Putin what to wear and Fidel Castro how long to speak. Younes is the chief of protocol, the most diplomatic of the diplomats.
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January 27, 2000 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After rejecting Secretary-General Kofi Annan's first nomination for a new chief arms inspector for Iraq last week, the Security Council agreed unanimously Wednesday on a new man for the job: Swedish disarmament expert Hans Blix. Blix, 71, was the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1981 to 1997 and oversaw inspections of Iraq's nuclear program with mixed success.
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January 18, 2000 | By MAGGIE FARLEY,
After four weeks of deadlock, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday that the best person to be chief U.N. weapons inspector for Iraq is Swedish diplomat Rolf Ekeus, who led a U.N. inspection team there from 1991 to 1997. But Russia rejected Annan's choice Monday night, casting Ekeus' nomination into doubt. Russian Ambassador Sergei V. Lavrov sent a formal letter to the president of the Security Council, U.S.
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December 24, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Former U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance has resigned as a U.N. envoy to talks between Greece and Macedonia over the former Yugoslav republic's name, a U.N. spokesman said. Secretary-General Kofi Annan accepted the resignation and paid tribute to Vance as "a great statesman" whose untiring efforts had given invaluable service to the United Nations. Vance resigned for personal reasons.
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March 21, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In a widening dispute over AIDS policy at the World Health Organization, the second in command of the U.N. agency's AIDS program has quit to show support for the former program leader, Dr. Jonathan Mann, an agency source said in Geneva, Switzerland. Kathleen Kay, 31, an Australian who was Mann's executive assistant, has resigned, the source said.
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January 17, 1990 | Reuters
Thorvald Stoltenberg, former Norwegian foreign minister, has taken up his new job as United Nations commissioner for refugees based in Geneva, a spokesman said Tuesday.
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June 11, 1999 | From Associated Press
Louise Arbour, the chief prosecutor of the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday, just as her investigators prepared to move into Kosovo to seek evidence of war crimes there. Arbour, 52, has become internationally known for her handling of the Balkan war crimes investigation. Two weeks ago, she issued a controversial indictment of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic for alleged crimes against humanity.
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December 12, 1998 | Reuters
U.N. official Vincent Cochetel has been freed after being kidnapped 11 months ago in the Russian city of Vladikavkaz, the news agency Interfax reported today. Cochetel was the duty-station chief in Vladikavkaz for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees when he was abducted. No independent confirmation of the Russian news agency's report was available. Interfax, monitored by the British Broadcasting Corp., said there were no immediate details on Cochetel's release.
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