Middle East

Distressed by raids into Palestinian refugee camps, Annan urges Israeli pullout

Reacting to intensifying clashes and bloodshed in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the Israel Defence Force (IDF) to immediately withdraw from Palestinian refugee camps and urged both sides to halt attacks against civilians.

Security Council speakers laud Saudi proposal, other Middle East initiatives

As the United Nations Security Council wrapped up on Wednesday evening its debate on the volatile situation in the Middle East, new ideas for resolving the conflict – including Saudi Arabia’s recent proposal – received close attention from many speakers who stressed the need for the Israeli and Palestinian sides to return to the negotiating table.

Middle East: Security Council continues debate on escalating crisis

The United Nations Security Council this evening resumed its open debate on the Middle East following an intensive discussion that ended late Tuesday night after 30 speakers had taken the floor to express concern over the perilous escalation of violence in the region.

Back from Iraq, UN official reports positive impact of ‘oil-for-food’ programme

The United Nations humanitarian effort in Iraq has made a significant positive impact on the country’s citizens, but much more must be done to help respond to their needs, according to the Executive Director of the oil-for-food programme, which allows Baghdad to use a portion of its petroleum revenues to purchase relief aid.

Security Council opens extensive debate on Middle East crisis

Amid reports of fresh clashes in the Middle East, the Security Council this evening opened an extensive debate on the situation in the region, and on the question of Palestine.

Annan will meet Iraqi Foreign Minister on 7 March to resume dialogue

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, and Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri will meet at UN Headquarters in New York on 7 March to resume their dialogue, a UN spokesman announced today.

Palestinian women should contribute to conflict-resolution initiatives - UN report

Stressing the need for a negotiated settlement to the conflict in the Middle East, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged the full participation of Palestinian women in this effort, according to a report released today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Creative ways needed to break impasse in Middle East, Annan says

Expressing concern about the “tragedy” unfolding in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for new approaches to ending the stalemate in peace efforts and in that context stressed the importance of a recent statement by Saudi Arabia.

Warning of possible war in Middle East, Annan says world must help end conflict

Warning that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict risks sliding towards full-fledged war, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today urged the UN Security Council to work with both sides in resolving their conflict.

Security Council to debate new responses to Middle East crisis ‘shortly’

Echoing concerns over the danger of a “full-fledged war” in the Middle East expressed today by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the President of the Security Council said the 15-member body had agreed to hold a debate “shortly” to consider new responses to the crisis.