News in Brief 29 June 2015 (PM)

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Espen Barth Eide (centre).UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Negotiations on Cyprus taking place in "results-oriented" atmosphere

The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities met on Monday to discuss the reunification of the island, which has been divided since 1974.

The UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide said the meeting was held in a positive and results-oriented atmosphere.

He added the two men are determined to keep the pace of their meetings.

The next one is scheduled on 10 July.

Attack in Cairo condemned by UN chief

The terrorist attack in Cairo, Egypt on 29 June that killed Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat and injured a number of civilians has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

In a statement, Ban Ki-moon extended his condolences to the family of the deceased and said he hoped for the swift and full recovery of the injured.

He also called for those responsible for the attack to be brought to justice.

Call for justice for 22 people killed one year ago in Mexico 

One year after the killing of 22 people during an operation by Mexican military forces against a criminal gang, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) is reiterating its call for justice.

The Mexican National Human Rights Commission considers that at least 12 of the deaths were extrajudicial executions.

Three women who witnessed the incident also allegedly suffered human rights violations, including being arbitrarily detained and tortured.

Although an officer and six soldiers are now awaiting trial, the UN is calling on the Mexican authorities to extend their investigations to include other individuals who could be involved.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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