Middle East

In Lebanon, Annan urges scrupulous respect for withdrawal line

In Lebanon today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged rigorous respect for the line of Israeli withdrawal - known as the "Blue Line" - noting that the region cannot afford an outbreak of violence there.

Annan discusses Middle East peace, Iraq sanctions with leaders of Syria and Jordan

Meeting with leaders of Syria and Jordan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today discussed prospects for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians as well as the sanctions against Iraq.

Annan backs expert proposal on funds to curb decline of Iraqi oil industry

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended that the Security Council adopt an expert team's proposals on providing cash to Iraq for use in repairing and upgrading its sagging oil industry.

Annan reports no progress on return of Kuwaiti property seized by Iraq

There has been no progress in efforts to facilitate the return of property seized by Iraq during its occupation of Kuwait, according to a new report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who urges Baghdad to cooperate with his designated coordinator on the issue.

Middle East: Annan, Mubarak say political process key to durable security accords

Meeting today in Cairo, Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak agreed that for any Middle East security agreement to endure, it must be embedded in a political process.

UN to host international media encounter on question of Palestine

Prominent journalists and Middle East experts, including senior officials and lawmakers from Israel and the Palestinian Authority, will gather in Paris next week at an international media encounter on the question of Palestine organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), the UN announced today.

In Cairo, Annan says 'international alliance' is working for peace in Middle East

Arriving in Cairo on the first leg of a trip that will take him across the Middle East, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said a broad coalition of States is pushing for the implementation of a plan to end the violence and restart talks in the troubled region.

Iraq continues to suspend oil exports used to fund UN relief programme

Baghdad is continuing its suspension of petroleum exports under the United Nations humanitarian "oil-for-food" programme in Iraq, the Office running the effort said today.

Annan heads to Middle East for talks with parties, key leaders

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today headed to the Middle East for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as well as other key players seeking to push the peace process forward.

Annan to visit Middle East next week in pursuit of political solution to crisis

With a ceasefire offering hope for progress in the Middle East, Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today that he would travel to the region early next week in pursuit of a political settlement to the current turmoil.