Middle East

UN envoy attends international donors’ meeting for occupied Palestinian territory

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Alvaro de Soto, today attended a meeting of key donors in London to discuss the humanitarian, social and economic situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, as well as Palestinian reform.

UN brings Israeli, Palestinian law officials together to fight drug trafficking

Bridging the divide on both sides of the Middle East conflict, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has brought together senior officials from Israel and the Palestinian Authority to discuss cooperation on combating drug trafficking and related criminal activities.

Annan urges Iraqis to vote peacefully as first step towards building democracy

On the eve of Iraq’s elections, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the country’s people to go to the polls in a peaceful manner and pledged the world body’s support.

UNESCO condemns assassination of Lebanese newspaper editor Tueni

Continuing its campaign against the killing of journalists, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the car bomb attack in Beirut that killed four people including Gebran Tueni, the publisher and editor of the Lebanese newspaper An Nahar.

Lebanon request to broaden Hariri murder probe will go to Security Council, Annan says

Secretary-General Kofi Annan told journalists in New York today that he has discussed with Lebanon’s leaders the possibility of expanding the United Nations independent investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to include other murders, and that the Security Council would have to take a decision on the matter.

New evidence points to Syrian involvement in Hariri murder – UN report

Latest evidence reinforces preliminary findings of both Lebanese and Syrian involvement in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, according to a new United Nations report citing burned Syrian documents, pressure on a witness to recant and the need for Damascus to be more forthcoming.

Israelis and Palestinians should accelerate peace efforts, Annan says

With Palestinians and Israelis gearing up for their respective elections, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is urging both parties to accelerate existing efforts to build peace and mutual trust.

General Assembly decides to follow-up on recommendations by Oil-for-Food probe

The General Assembly today decided to consider follow up to the recommendations of the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) into the scandal-ridden United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme.

At Security Council, Syria claims support for Hariri probe, Lebanon seeks new tribunal

Bearing new evidence pointing to Syria’s involvement in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and its reluctance to investigate the crime, the head of the independent probe on the matter presented his latest report to the Security Council, where the Ambassador of Syria denied this account while Lebanon’s representative called for the creation of an international tribunal.

Iraq: UN envoy hails start of voting, pledges support for peaceful democracy

Hailing the start of parliamentary elections in Iraq today, with voting being held in hospitals and detention centres and for security forces, the senior United Nations envoy pledged continued support in helping the war-torn country transform itself into a peaceful democracy.