Middle East

UN political chief pledges continued support for transition in Egypt

The United Nations stands ready to support Egypt’s political transition, the United Nation’s top political official has said, noting the world body understands that the process must be led by Egyptians.

Amid reports of continued violence in Libya, UN ramps up humanitarian aid

Faced with an exodus of refugees from Libya amid reported violence by President Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s loyalists, potential food and medical shortages and growing insecurity, the United Nations is ramping up aid efforts within the country, along the borders and inside its neighbours.

Ban discusses Libya with Obama; urges punishment of those responsible for violence

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks on Libya with United States President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., today, later stating that Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s regime had declared war on its own people and must be brought to account for possible crimes against humanity.

UN and Lebanese forces conduct disaster preparedness exercises

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Lebanese armed forces have carried out exercises in large-scale disaster response in the south of the country in an effort to strengthen their coordinated readiness to respond to emergencies.

UN chief greets the people of Kuwait on anniversary of end of Iraqi occupation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the Government and the people of Kuwait as they marked 50 years as an independent State and celebrated the 20th anniversary of the country's liberation from occupation by forces of the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Ban phones leaders of Saudi Arabia and Italy to discuss situation in Libya

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today had telephone discussions with King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on developments in Libya, as he continues to reach out to world leaders to urge them to support the international effort to stop the violence in the North African country.

Security Council imposes sanctions on Libyan authorities in bid to stem violent repression

The Security Council today voted unanimously to impose sanctions against the Libyan authorities, slapping the country with an arms embargo and freezing the assets of its leaders, while referring the ongoing violent repression of civilian demonstrators to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

UN rights council recommends suspending Libya, orders inquiry into abuses

The United Nations Human Rights Council today strongly condemned the recent violence in Libya and ordered an international inquiry into alleged abuses, while also recommending that the country’s membership in the UN’s top human rights body be suspended.

Concrete international intervention needed in Israeli-Palestinian conflict – UN envoy

A senior United Nations official today called for “credible and effective international intervention” to break the impasse in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, noting that a negotiated solution would help stabilize a Middle East currently in ferment.

UN labour chief joins in condemning violent Libyan repression of protesters

The United Nations labour chief today added his voice to the chorus condemning Libya’s leaders for the deadly violence against mass protests, stressing that the North African country is a further example of the risks to those who fail to heed widespread unemployment and poverty.