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Staffan de Mistura ( second from left ), United Nations Special Envoy for Syria and his team meet with the Representative National Coordination Body for Democratic Change. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Consultation on Syria continue in Geneva

The UN Special Envoy for Syria is continuing to meet separately with all Syrian actors involved in the conflict.

The so-called "Geneva consultations" have been taking place since last week to seek views of all Syrian and relevant regional and international parties on how to end the civil war.

 "Important step" towards peace in the Central African Republic

An important step on the way to peace in the Central African Republic has been made at a forum taking place in the capital, Bangui.

That's according to the Head of the UN Mission in the country, Babacar Gaye, following the signature of an agreement on Sunday by 10 armed groups, who committed themselves to give up the armed struggle.

Mr Gaye welcomed the signature of this agreement and called on all signatories to guarantee that it is reflected on the ground.

"Alarming" violence in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Recent violence in the city of Kumanovo in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has been described as alarming by the UN Secretary-General.

Media reports on Monday indicated that five police officers were killed and more than 30 people wounded in an operation against an armed group.

Ban Ki-moon said he strongly supports the call by the European Union urging the state authorities and all political and community leaders to cooperate to restore calm, and to fully investigate the events in a transparent manner

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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