Middle East

Following car bombing in Lebanon, Annan urges all parties to protect national unity

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged all parties in Lebanon to protect national unity after a car bomb in the capital injured 11 people.

Fréchette pledges continued UN support to Iraq in next stages of transition

Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette has promised Iraq's Independent Electoral Commission continued United Nations support in the next stages of the country's transition to democracy.

Annan expects full Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon by mid-April to mid-May

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he expected the full withdrawal of all Syrian troops from Lebanon, including the intelligence apparatus and military assets, to take place before the Lebanese parliamentary elections scheduled for between mid-April and mid-May.

As new Iraqi assembly meets, UN hails seminal moment in country's history

The United Nations today hailed the convening of the new Iraqi Transitional National Assembly as a seminal moment with unlimited opportunities for the future of the war-torn country, pledging the world body's help in the tasks and challenges that lie ahead.

Annan ends Middle East trip encouraged by Israeli-Palestinian peace moves

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is on his way back to New York from the Middle East after talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders that gave hope for renewed moves towards peace and the inauguration of a Holocaust History Museum that built on a new relationship between Israel and the world body.

UN inquiry mission into former Lebanese premier's murder completes probe

The United Nations Mission of Inquiry into last month's assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri of Lebanon has left the country after completing its probe and is expected to report to Secretary-General Kofi Annan next week.

UN has sacred duty to fight hatred, Annan says at Jerusalem holocaust memorial

Stressing that the United Nations itself rose from the ashes of the Holocaust and speaking at the Jerusalem memorial to the 6 million Jews who died in it, Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared today that the world body "has a sacred responsibility to combat hatred and intolerance" wherever it occurs.

With UN help Iraqi ministry sets up data training to track donor aid

With help from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funding from the World Bank International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq (IRFFI), a dozen Iraqi civil servants are taking a 10-day training session in tracking donor aid.

UN envoy on Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon to give Annan timetable this week

The United Nations envoy seeking the withdrawal of some 14,000 Syrian troops from Lebanon will present further details of the timetable for a complete pullout to Secretary-General Kofi Annan later this week following talks with the leaders of both countries.

Annan discusses Middle East peace moves with Palestinian President Abbas

On the second day of a visit to the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss Israeli disengagement from Gaza, economic reconstruction and the progress in the Palestinian Authority.