Against the backdrop of simmering tensions in the Middle East, the Security Council today extended through November the United Nations operation supervising the disengagement of Syrian and Israeli forces.
The Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against Baghdad has established the first list of electricity-related supplies that qualify for "fast-track" approval - an accelerated process for getting humanitarian goods to Iraq, the United Nations announced today.
Commemorating the first anniversary of Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, a senior United Nations official today noted progress achieved over the past year but warned that an escalation by either side could wipe out what has been accomplished so far.
Reacting to Israel's downing today of a small Lebanese aircraft that flew into its territory, a United Nations envoy in the region urged all sides to control their actions, but noted that frequent Israeli violations of the withdrawal line -- known as the Blue Line -- had contributed to heightened tensions.
Members of the United Nations Security Council today voiced their full support for Secretary-General Kofi Annan's efforts to resume dialogue among the parties to the Middle East conflict and expressed their backing for the just-released report on the origins of recent violence by a fact-finding mission led by former United States Senator George Mitchell.
Describing the situation in the Middle East as "potentially dangerous" pending a comprehensive settlement, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended extending for six months the United Nations operation supervising the disengagement of Syrian and Israeli forces.