Middle East

Iraq: UN arms experts probe missile and tank parts factory outside Baghdad

United Nations weapons inspectors today visited a site on the outskirts of Baghdad, a factory that mainly produces mechanical parts for the guidance and control system of missiles as well as certain aspects of T-72 tanks.

Middle East: UN relief agency seeks $94 million to help West Bank and Gaza

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today appealed for $94 million to carry out emergency relief operations in the occupied Palestinian territory during the first half of next year.

Chief UN arms inspector predicts initial analysis of Iraqi declaration ready by next week

The chief United Nations weapons inspector today predicted that an initial assessment by UN experts currently examining Iraq's declaration on its arms programme would be presented to the Security Council early next week.

More UN inspectors arrive in Iraq as probe picks up pace

Today was the busiest day yet for United Nations weapons inspectors resuming their work in Iraq, with new experts arriving to bolster their ranks, a UN spokesman reported.

Security Council decides to release Iraqi arms declaration to some members

With Iraq’s 12,000-page declaration on its arms programme having arrived at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Security Council Presidency has decided to release the document to those members with the expertise to assess the risks of proliferation and other sensitive information in a bid to jumpstart the review of the text.

As new UN arms experts arrive in Iraq, inspectors visit chemical factory

With new United Nations weapons experts arriving in Baghdad, teams from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today continued their operations in Iraq.

Iraq hands over Declaration to UN

Iraq this evening handed over a declaration on the country's weapons programme to the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), according to a UN spokesman.

Iraqi weapons declaration, due this weekend, to be transmitted to Security Council

The Iraqi declaration on its weapons programme, due on 8 December, will be transmitted as soon as possible to the United Nations Security Council, according to a UN spokesman.

2 UN workers among 10 killed in Israeli raid on Gaza camp

Ten people were killed, including two staff of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), during an Israeli military assault today which drew immediate condemnation from UN officials.

Deploring civilian death toll of Israel's raid, Annan urges Government to restrain military

Reacting to Israel’s deadly raid in Gaza today which left ten people dead, including two United Nations aid workers, Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged that country’s Government to restrain its military and act in accord with international humanitarian law.