Middle East

Security Council expresses concern at ceasefire breakdown in Gaza

The Security Council voiced grave concern today at the breakdown of the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the subsequent rise in violence across the troubled region.

Diplomatic Quartet calls on both sides to ‘work constructively’ towards peace

The Middle East diplomatic Quartet issued a wide-ranging statement today calling on Israel and the Palestinians to work constructively to create an environment where there can be progress towards Palestinian statehood that is consistent with previous international agreements and resolutions.

Security Council votes to establish Hariri assassination tribunal

The Security Council agreed today that the special tribunal set up to try the suspected killers of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri will enter into force on 10 June unless Lebanon ratifies the tribunal itself before that date.

Two-thirds unemployment in occupied Arab territories – UN labour study

The situation of workers in Gaza, the West Bank and the Golan Heights has worsened dramatically over the past year, with two out of three people lacking employment, according to a new report by the United Nations labour agency.

UN trains nine Iraqi election commissioners

The United Nations, which has long supported the convening of democratic elections in Iraq, today kicked off a week-long session to train nine new members of the country’s Independent High Electoral Commission.

Iraq: UN envoy condemns attack on Baghdad mosque

The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today condemned in the strongest terms the deadly attack on the Shrine of Abdul-Qader Al-Bilani Mosque in Baghdad, calling on those responsible to be brought to justice.

Lebanon: Security Council may vote on Hariri tribunal resolution Wednesday

The President of the United Nations Security Council today said the 15-member body may move Wednesday to vote on a draft resolution on a planned special tribunal to try the suspected killers of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Ban Ki-moon heads to Berlin for top-level Quartet meeting on Middle East

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is on his way to Berlin to attend Wednesday’s high-level meeting of the Middle East Quartet, the international diplomatic grouping trying to advance the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Independent UN team heads to Lebanon to assess border security

A five-member United Nations team is heading to Lebanon next week to assess the monitoring of the country’s border with Syria.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of yet another Iraqi journalist

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of yet another Iraqi journalist following the murder in Baghdad of Ali Khalil