Middle East

Secretary-General discusses shattered Palestinian economy with President Abbas

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has discussed with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the importance of freedom of movement in occupied Palestinian lands in improving the economy, an essential pillar in securing peace with Israel.

Security Council condemns Palestinian terrorist suicide bombing in Israel

The United Nations Security Council has condemned “in the strongest possible terms” last Friday’s terrorist suicide bomb attack in Tel Aviv which killed or wounded dozens of innocent Israelis, and called on the Palestinian leadership to take “immediate, credible steps” to find those responsible.

Citing ‘promise and potential,’ Annan pledges support for Middle East peace moves

Citing a moment of “promise and potential” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for global support for an independent, democratic Palestinian state and pledged the world body’s readiness to help in the three main areas of governance, security and economic development.

On margins of Palestinian session Annan holds wide-ranging talks on world crises

Although the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the main subject of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's visit to London today, he took advantage of the presence of other top leaders to hold wide-ranging discussions on some of the world's other major trouble spots.

Iran denies UN nuclear watchdog a second visit to military complex

Iran has turned down a request by the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency to make a second visit to the Parchin military site, which has been linked in allegations to nuclear weapons testing, a senior agency official said today.