Middle East

UN undertaking management review in response to early findings in Oil-for-Food probe

United Nations officials today welcomed initial findings by an independent probe into the UN Oil-for-Food programme for Iraq, acknowledging deficiencies in the way the multi-billion dollar humanitarian operation was run and pledging to revamp the world body's current overall management structure.

In talks with Iraqi Foreign Minister, UN envoy emphasizes support of local region

The senior United Nations envoy for Iraq today held talks with the country's Foreign Minister about the upcoming elections and the current political situation, stressing that Iraq's neighbours were supporting its attempts to make the transition to democracy and security.

UN officials help observers to monitor polling in Palestinian presidential election

As Palestinians prepare to go to the polls on Sunday to choose a president, United Nations officials today unveiled some of the details of the technical and logistical assistance they are giving to ensure that the elections are free, fair and staged smoothly.

Iraq's neighbours call for UN to play central role in supporting its political transition

Urging all sections of Iraqi society to participate in their country's upcoming elections, the foreign ministers of Iraq's neighbours concluded a meeting today in Amman, the Jordanian capital, by stressing the importance of the United Nations in supporting the political process there.

UN to check Iranian military site allegedly linked to nuclear weapons testing

The United Nations atomic watchdog agency will be sending inspectors in the coming days to the Parchin military site in Iran, following allegations that it was linked to nuclear weapons testing.

Security Council hopes ‘restraint will prevail’ for upcoming Palestinian elections – President

The United Nations Security Council hopes “restraint will prevail” between the parties to the Middle East conflict so that Palestinian elections next Sunday can be conducted in a free, fair and inclusive manner, the President of the 15-member body for this month, Argentine Ambassador César Mayoral, said today.

UN envoy for Iraq holds talks about upcoming elections with senior Jordanian officials

The top United Nations envoy for Iraq held talks today with senior officials from neighbouring Jordan about the upcoming Iraqi elections and the country’s security situation, a day ahead of a meeting in the Jordanian capital of the region’s foreign ministers.

Annan calls on Israelis and Palestinians to observe international obligations

Expressing concern over the deaths of seven Palestinian civilians during Israeli military operations in northern Gaza Strip on Monday after Palestinians there launched rocket attacks, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on both sides to fulfil their international obligations in the run-up to Palestinian elections next week.