Middle East

IAEA chief: no evidence so far of revived Iraqi nuclear arms programme

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has so far found no evidence that Iraq has revived the nuclear weapons programme it had eliminated in the 1990s, the head of the UN agency told the Security Council today, while stressing that more time was needed for a conclusive assessment.

UN arms inspectors need time 'to do their work,' Annan says

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, said today that UN weapons inspectors should be given the necessary time to do their job in Iraq, but stressed the need for a proactive approach by Baghdad in cooperating with the UN.

2 UN observers confronted by Kuwaiti military border guard

Two United Nations military observers from the UN Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) were confronted today by a Kuwaiti military border guard at a checkpoint near Abdaly, a few hundred metres outside the UN-monitored demilitarized zone in Kuwait.

After briefing by inspectors, Security Council plans to consult on Iraq Wednesday

The United Nations Security Council, which was briefed today by the chief UN weapons inspectors on their work in Iraq over the past two months, will consult on the matter again on Wednesday, the Council President said on Monday.

Middle East: Annan deplores rising violence, urges parties to halt attacks

Deploring the "ominous escalation" of violence in the Gaza Strip over the past few days, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the parties to halt their attacks and stressed the need for a comprehensive approach to securing peace in the Middle East.

On eve of key report, UN inspectors continue arms probe in Iraq

On the eve of a key report to the Security Council on United Nations weapons inspections in Iraq, UN experts on the ground continued their probe into the country’s illegal arms programmes.

Iraqi personnel decline UN request for private interviews

Exercising powers granted by the Security Council, United Nations officials in Iraq tried to interview several individuals privately, but were unable to do so after they declined, a UN spokesman in Baghdad reported today.

UN envoy concerned at repeated violations of ‘Blue Line’ in southern Lebanon

Reacting to attacks on Israeli positions across the withdrawal line in southern Lebanon, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Terje Roed-Larsen, has voiced concern at the pattern of repeat violations.

Natural resources in Palestinian territories under constant pressure, UN agency reports

Already stretched thin by the demands of a dense population coping with decades of conflict, natural resources in the Palestinian Occupied Territories are under constant pressure from water pollution, climate change, desertification and land degradation, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) says in a new study.

Blix meets with Commissioners ahead of his briefing to Security Council next week

The College of Commissioners of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) met today at UN Headquarters in New York with Executive Chairman Hans Blix to review the work of the inspectors on the ground in Iraq.