Middle East

Security Council unanimously calls on Syria to detain suspects in Hariri murder

The United Nation Security Council today unanimously called on Syria to detain Syrian suspects identified by an independent probe into the terrorist assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and clarify all unresolved issues, holding out the possibility of "further action" in the case of non-compliance.

UN envoy, Iraqi prime minister discuss results of constitutional referendum

The senior United Nations envoy to Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, today discussed the results of the recent constitutional referendum with the country's prime minister, Ibrahim Jaafari.

Middle East Quartet condemns suicide bombing in Israel, calls on Syria to act

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the other principles of the Diplomatic Quartet today consulted on the latest violence in the Middle East, condemning Wednesday's terrorist attack in Israel claimed by the Damascus-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad and calling on Syria to take immediate action against the group.

Security Council condemns Iranian president's remarks on Israel

Members of the United Nations Security Council today condemned remarks against Israel made earlier this week by Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Annan voices dismay at remarks about Israel attributed to Iranian president

Voicing dismay at remarks attributed to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly calling for Israel to be wiped off the map, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said the right of all States in the Middle East to live in peace will now top the agenda of his upcoming visit to Iran.

UN Special Committee calls for new thinking on Israeli-Palestinian relations

The United Nations General Assembly should be more innovative in its approaches to the question of Palestine, Israel should distinguish between military objectives and civilians and the Palestinian Authority should control Palestinian armed groups so as to stop violence against civilians, a Special Committee says in a new report.

Iraq: UN envoy continues meetings to facilitate December elections

Continuing his efforts to ensure an inclusive national dialogue following Iraq’s constitutional referendum, the top United Nations envoy in the country today discussed the upcoming December elections with Deputy Prime Minster Rowsh Shaways.

After final Oil-for-Food report, Annan calls for States to act, pledges UN reforms

Receiving the final report of the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) into maladministration and corruption in the United Nations-run Iraqi Oil-for-Food Programme, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on Member States to take action against illegal practises by companies under their jurisdiction and to prevent recurrences.

Senior UN envoy discusses upcoming national elections with Iraqi president

A day after warning that the polarization in Iraq shown by the results of the constitutional referendum underscored the importance of an inclusive national dialogue, the top United Nations envoy in the country discussed the upcoming December elections with President Jalal Talabani.

Annan condemns terror bombing in Israel, calls for end to all violence

Condemning the terror attack in Hadera, Israel, which caused a number of casualties among Israeli civilians, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for an end to the intensification of violence.