Middle East

Ban Ki-moon voices concern over Turkish air attacks against Iraq

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over yesterday’s Turkish air strikes into northern Iraq and reports of possible civilian casualties, as well as continued attacks by the armed group PKK.

Key countries at UN-led meeting voice concern at prolonged Lebanese crisis

Representatives of key Arab and European countries and the United States, in a meeting in Paris led by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, today expressed dismay at the prolonged stand-off over the presidency in Lebanon and reiterated earlier calls for the poll to be held as soon as possible.

Security Council extends UN force in Golan Heights for further six months

The Security Council today extended for a further six months the United Nations force that has monitored the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights for over 30 years.

UN agency issues ATM cards to assist cash-strapped Iraqi refugees

In response to recent studies showing that Iraqi refugees living in neighbouring countries are running out of money, the UN refugee agency is set to issue ATM cards to 7,000 of the most needy and vulnerable families living in Syria.

Top UN envoy deplores triple bombings in southern Iraq

The top United Nations official in Iraq has condemned the three bombings which struck a southern provincial capital yesterday, leaving dozens of innocent civilians dead and more than 100 others wounded.

Secretary-General mourns death of Russian diplomat

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his profound sadness at learning of the death of Yuli Vorontsov, the Russian diplomat who coordinated international efforts aimed at recovering the remains of Kuwaitis and other nationals missing since Iraq’s 1990 invasion.

After latest bombing, Lebanon seeks assistance of UN probe into Hariri killing

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received a letter from the Lebanese Government requesting help in the investigation of yesterday’s bombing in eastern Beirut that killed a senior member of the country’s armed forces and at least one of his bodyguards.

UN refugee agency exceeds 20,000 resettlement target for Iraqi refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today that it had topped its target of 20,000 Iraqi resettlement referrals for 2007.

Secretary-General, Security Council outraged by another Lebanese terrorist attack

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Security Council members today voiced outrage at yet another terrorist attack in Lebanon – this time a car bombing in Beirut that killed a senior member of the country’s armed forces and at least one of his bodyguards.

Security Council reiterates concerns over fate of Kuwaitis missing since 1990

Voicing regret that there has been little recent progress on recovering and identifying the remains of Kuwaitis and other nationals missing since Iraq’s 1990 invasion, Security Council members today called for renewed efforts to determine their fate and that of the missing Kuwaiti national archive.