Concerned that Israel's actions in the Middle East are adding to mounting tensions in the region, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the country to withdraw from areas under Palestinian authority.
Iraq has exported 16.8 million barrels of crude over the past week, earning an estimated €397 million (euros), or $362 million, under the United Nations oil-for-food programme that allows Baghdad to use a portion of its petroleum revenues to purchase humanitarian relief goods.
With the Palestinian economy mired in a crisis of "unprecedented" depth and severity, a genuine recovery will take years and will need substantial resources even if there is a quick end to the region's current political problems and a resumption of normal economic activity, a new United Nations report warns.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he supported the efforts of German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer to set up a high-level meeting between the Israeli and Palestinian sides in an effort to end the current wave of violence in the Middle East.
Expressing "deep concern" at the continuing plight of missing Kuwaitis and nationals of other countries in Iraq following the Persian Gulf war, members of the Security Council today urged Baghdad to cooperate with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's high-level envoy to resolve the issue.
An Israeli delegation will have a second look at videotapes and related items that could shed light on the condition of three Israeli soldiers abducted on the Israeli-Lebanese border last year, a United Nations spokesman said today.