Middle East

Iraq: UN refugee agency issues urgent appeal to evacuate seriously ill Palestinians

Without immediate evacuation and life-saving medical help, roughly one dozen seriously ill Palestinians – mostly young children stranded in Baghdad or in a make-shift camp close to the Syrian border – could die or suffer complications, the United Nations refugee agency said today, appealing for urgent assistance.

Iraq: Security Council ends mandate of United Nations weapons inspectors

Closing a chapter it opened over 16 years ago, the Security Council today terminated the mandate of United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq, with the Russian Federation abstaining during voting on a resolution sponsored by the United Kingdom and the United States.

Lebanon: UN Commander meets local authorities to strengthen community ties

The Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today held an open meeting with local authorities from the towns and villages in the eastern sector of the mission’s area of operations as part of efforts to strengthen ties with communities.

UN’s Iraq envoy pledges full support for constitutional review process

The senior United Nations envoy to Iraq today pledged the world body’s full support for the country’s constitutional review process.

UN honours Iraq envoy slain in 2003 Baghdad terror attack

The United Nations today honoured the late Sergio Vieira de Mello with the unveiling in Geneva of a bronze likeness of the 30-year Brazilian veteran of many United Nations peacekeeping operations who was killed during a terrorist attack while on assignment in Iraq.

Re-opening of key Gaza border crossing welcomed by UN aid agency

The United Nations agency tasked with helping Palestinian refugees today welcomed the opening of the Karni crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip, which has allowed 5,000 tons of wheat to reach Gaza.

UN rights expert urges immediate release of BBC reporter Alan Johnston

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called for the immediate release of BBC reporter Alan Johnston, who was abducted in Gaza City on 12 March.

Ban Ki-moon endorses report of UN team assessing Lebanese border security

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon backs the recommendations contained in the report of the independent United Nations team tasked with assessing the monitoring of the Lebanese border with Syria, his spokesperson announced today.

Former UK leader Tony Blair named new Quartet Representative

Following discussions among the Principals, the Middle East diplomatic Quartet – comprising the United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation and United States – today announced the appointment of former United Kingdom leader Tony Blair as its Representative.

UN refugee agency says Palestinians who fled Iraq desperately need aid

Spotlighting the deteriorating conditions facing some 1,400 Palestinians who fled Baghdad and are stranded in camps on the Iraq-Syria border, the United Nations refugee agency today called for international assistance to alleviate their plight.