Middle East

Security Council condemns attack on Lebanese journalist

The Security Council has strongly condemned the attempted assassination of May Chidiac, a prominent Lebanese journalist, near Beirut this past Sunday, only a few days after another terrorist attack in the city killed one person and injured several others.

UN helps set up national centre for missing and disappeared persons in Iraq

Gathered under United Nations auspices, families of missing persons from all over Iraq, Government human rights officials and international groups wrapped up a meeting today in Amman, Jordan, aimed at setting up a national centre for missing and disappeared persons in the war-torn country.

UN envoy meets with Egyptian President Mubarak on Lebanon

The United Nations envoy seeking an end to foreign interference in Lebanon had a prolonged, "useful and productive" meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo today, reviewing both Lebanese issues and the broader political context.

UN envoy meets with Palestinian, Egyptian leaders on Lebanon

The United Nations envoy seeking an end to foreign interference in Lebanon met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo today and is due to confer with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak tomorrow.

Iraq not ready to receive returnees, says UN refugee agency

Noting that the security situation in much of Iraq has shown no improvement and has actually deteriorated in many places compared to the same period a year ago, the United Nations refugee agency today urged countries hosting Iraqi émigrés to keep processing asylum cases and not promote returns.

UN body finds Iran’s nuclear treaty breaches within Security Council competence

The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons has called on Iran to work with the international community to provide assurances that its programme is for peaceful purposes after its previous treaty breaches were found to be within the competence of the Security Council.

Palestinian rights still violated in occupied territories, UN official says

Despite Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, major violations of human rights continue to result from its occupation of Palestinian territories, construction of barriers and expansion of settlements, according to the United Nations official monitoring that situation in his latest report to the General Assembly.

Secretary-General condemns attempt to kill prominent Lebanese journalist

Secretary-General Kofi Annan strongly condemned the attempted assassination of May Chidiac, a prominent and respected Lebanese journalist who was injured in an attack today, and said the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

Annan urges Palestinian factions to stop showing arms, says both sides must observe law

Alarmed at rising Middle East violence, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged Palestinian factions to stop displaying their arms and called on both parties to take care not to harm civilians.

Annan reaffirms full Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon after reports to the contrary

Following recent press statements and speeches in the General Assembly to the contrary, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has reiterated the United Nations’ long-standing position that Israel has withdrawn its forces from all Lebanese territory in fulfillment of Security Council resolutions.