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Syria peace conference in mid-November

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will announce Friday that a new Syria peace conference will be held in Geneva in mid-November, UN diplomats told AFP. "Ban will announce that there is a tentative date for mid-November," one diplomat said. A first peace conference was held in June 2012 but there has been no follow-up because of divisions in the Syrian opposition and the international community. tw/oh

Japan PM Abe, U.N. chief Ban pledge cooperation over Syria, N. Korea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon agreed Wednesday to cooperate in eliminating chemical weapons in Syria and addressing North Korea's nuclear and humanitarian issues, a Japanese official said. During their talks in New York, Abe said Japan supports efforts to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria and will help refugees fleeing Syria to neighboring countries, while Ban expressed hope for Japan's further contribution to improving the humanitarian crisis, according to the official.

Ban to UN summit: Stop fuelling Syria bloodshed

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed Tuesday to major powers to stop sending weapons to all sides in Syria, as he opened the annual General Assembly summit. "I appeal to all states to stop fuelling the bloodshed and to end the arms flows to all parties," Ban told world leaders. tw-sct/dc

Big issues at the UN summit

More than 130 heads of state and government are due to start speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. These will be the main topics on the agenda as the summit begins. Syria There is no specific debate about the 30-month-old Syria conflict at the UN General Assembly but it will be raised by nearly every king, president, prime minister and foreign minister who speaks.

U.N. General Assembly opens in New York

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (Yonhap) -- A U.N. General Assembly session opened in New York Tuesday with Syria, disarmament and human rights high on the agenda. The 68th regular session will last through September 2014, covering a total of 174 agenda items. The general debate will run from Sept. 24 to Oct. 1, excluding the weekend, drawing leaders from about 150 U.N. member states. South Korea plans to send Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se as its chief delegate. He is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech on Friday.

U.N. chief wins alumni award from Seoul National University

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been chosen as a winner of the alumni award from his alma mater in Seoul for his contribution to world peace, his school said Tuesday. Seoul National University decided to confer the Distinguished Alumnus Award on Ban "for his decades of service to his home country and his contribution to global peace and the welfare of all mankind as the U.N. chief," it said.

U.S. should back Russian proposal on Syria: U.N. chief

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, meeting with the leader of the smaller of Japan's two ruling parties, expressed hope Monday that the issue of the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons will be solved without U.S. military intervention. Ban told Natsuo Yamaguchi of the New Komeito party that he wants the United States and Syria to support the latest Russian proposal that Syria put its chemical weapons under international supervision, seeking a diplomatic solution through dialogue instead of military action.

U.N. chief wins alumni award from Seoul National University

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been chosen as a winner of the alumni award from his alma matar in Seoul for his contribution to world peace, his school said Tuesday. Seoul National University decided to confer the Distinguished Alumni Award on Ban "for his decades of service to his home country and his contribution to global peace and the welfare of all mankind as the U.N. chief," it said.

Park discusses Syria crisis with U.N. chief

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Russia, and discussed the crisis in Syria and other global and regional issues, her office, Cheong Wa Dae, said. During the meeting in Russia's second-largest city, Ban briefed Park on the turmoil in Syria and the international responses.

Ban says Syria strike could worsen conflict

UN leader Ban Ki-moon suggested Tuesday that a military strike on Syria over the use of chemical weapons could worsen the country's conflict. But Ban also insisted that the bitterly divided major powers on the UN Security Council have a "collective responsibility to humankind" to unite and halt the use of chemical weapons. Without opposing any military strike that the United States and some of its allies are considering, Ban urged caution.
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