Middle East

UN officials stress importance of London talks on Palestinian reform

Attending the London conference on Palestinian reform today, the senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Terje Roed Larsen, described the talks as an "invaluable" meeting that helps to move the process forward.

Following weekend of bloodshed, Annan voices extreme concern at Middle East violence

Following a weekend that saw further bloodshed in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced his extreme concern at the level of violence and growing number of casualties in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

UN inspectors visit Baghdad-area universities in arms probe

United Nations inspectors visited universities in Baghdad today as part of their ongoing hunt for evidence of illegal weapons in Iraq.

UN nuclear and chemical warfare experts team up to probe Iraqi facility

United Nations nuclear and chemical experts today joined forces to inspect a facility in Iraq suspected of involvement in the country's prohibited weapons programme.

UN inspectors continue weapons probe across Iraq

Travelling by air and over land, United Nations arms inspectors today continued to fan out across Iraq probing the country's suspected covert weapons programme.

UN military observers in Golan Heights recover body of slain Syrian

Following earlier news that Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) killed one Syrian and reportedly captured another in the northern Golan Heights, United Nations military observers in the region confirmed today that they were able to get to the site of the incident and recover the body of the deceased man.

Polish general appointed commander of UN Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed of a senior military officer from Poland as the Force Commander of the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM).

Iraq: UN inspectors visit medical importer, chemical plant

United Nations weapons inspectors continued their checks of facilities in Iraq today, visiting a medical equipment importer and a chemical plant.

UN arms experts press forward with inspections in Iraq

As the chief United Nations inspectors briefed the Security Council today in New York, UN arms experts in Iraq pressed forward with their probe on the ground.

Many holes in Iraqi arms declaration but no 'smoking gun,' UN inspectors say

The top United Nations weapons inspectors today said there were still many unanswered questions in Iraq's arms declaration although investigations on the ground so far have not uncovered any "smoking guns."