Middle East

Iran and Iraq open border point for trade under UN 'oil-for-food' relief programme

The Governments of Iran and Iraq have informed the United Nations of a new border crossing point between the two countries that will be used as a trade route for the delivery of humanitarian relief under the world body's "oil-for-food" programme.

Middle East: UN envoy urges closing gap between peace vision and reality

Amid a growing consensus on the need for a two-State solution to the Middle East conflict, bloodshed and economic collapse are intensifying in the region, Terje Roed-Larsen, the senior United Nations envoy in the region, told the Security Council today, urging international efforts to reconcile plans with reality.

UN experts visit suspected missile sites in Iraq

Teams of experts in Iraq from the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspections Commission (UNMOVIC) today inspected two separate locations involved in missile activity.

Iraq: UN experts return to inspect Communicable Diseases Control Centre

Experts from the United Nations Monitoring, Inspection and Verification Mission (UNMOVIC) today completed an inspection of Iraq's Communicable Diseases Control Centre.

Senior UN and Iraqi officials resolve problem at inspection site

United Nations inspections teams continued their work in Iraq today, with officials from both the UN and Baghdad working to resolve a problem at the Communicable Diseases Control Centre.

Iraq invites UN envoy on return of missing Kuwaiti persons and property to visit

The Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations in New York has sent a letter to a UN envoy dealing with the return of missing Kuwaiti nationals and property, informing him that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq would welcome his visit to Baghdad, a UN spokesman said today.

Senior UN envoy holds talks with top Lebanese officials on situation in Middle East

The senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process, Terje Roed-Larsen, met today with top Lebanese officials for talks on a broad range of issues concerning the situation in the region, a UN spokesman said in New York.

UN panel approves $181 million in compensation claims arising from 1990 Gulf War

A United Nations panel dealing with compensation claims arising from Iraq's 1990 invasion and subsequent occupation of Kuwait today approved awards totalling $181 million.

UN can play key role in quest for world free from threat of weapons - Fréchette

Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette today told a model United Nations conference that the current situation in Iraq shows what a central role the UN can - and must - play in the quest for a world free from the threat of weapons of mass destruction.

UN relief agency confirms death of staffer in Tulkarem

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today confirmed the death of one of its staffers during an Israeli undercover operation last week in Tulkarem.