Middle East

UN envoy condemns suicide bombing in Israel

The senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process, Terje Roed-Larsen, has strongly condemned the suicide bombing over the weekend in the Israeli town of Netanya, calling it an “outrageous and cowardly act.”

UN relief agencies move humanitarian supplies over Iraq's borders

United Nations relief agencies along Iraq's borders are looking at ways to bring in humanitarian aid, and the first UN food consignment to enter the country since the outbreak of hostilities has already crossed over from Turkey into northern Iraq.

Annan meets with Arab countries for talks on situation in Iraq

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today met with Arab countries to brief them and to hear their views about the situation in Iraq before starting a series of meetings this week with the regional groupings of UN Member States.

UN predicts new displacements in northern Iraq

Citing intensified fighting, the United Nations today predicted fresh movements of civilians leaving their homes in the northern part of Iraq.

Iraq: UN agencies urge support for massive humanitarian appeal

Representatives of United Nations agencies working to deliver humanitarian assistance to the beleaguered people of Iraq today urged donor support for a massive appeal to fund the relief effort.

UN launches massive $2.2 billion appeal for humanitarian relief in Iraq

The United Nations today launched a $2.2 billion emergency appeal for immediate humanitarian assistance for the people of Iraq over the next six months, with $1.3 billion devoted to a massive food aid operation.

Annan welcomes Security Council vote on aid to Iraq, urges speedy action

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today the UN must move speedily to bring humanitarian aid to Iraq and welcomed the unanimous Security Council approval of adjustments to the suspended Oil-for-Food programme giving him more authority to administer the operation for the next 45 days.

Voicing concerns, UN relief agencies plea for urgent access to Iraqi civilians

Expressing increasing concern over the health and safety of the civilian population in Iraq, particularly in the southern city of Basra, United Nations aid agencies today appealed to all sides for access to bring in humanitarian relief.

Iraq: Security Council adopts adjustments to UN's Oil-for-Food programme

The Security Council today unanimously approved a resolution adjusting the suspended Oil-for-Food programme to give United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan more authority to administer the operation for the next 45 days.

UN human rights chief makes fresh appeal to protect civilians in Iraq

Expressing increasing concern for the welfare of the people of Iraq, the top United Nations human rights official issued a fresh appeal today to all parties to respect fundamental civil liberties and observe meticulous precautions in protecting civilians.