Middle East

Annan welcomes ceasefire announcement by Palestinian groups

Welcoming the ceasefire announcement made today by Palestinian groups, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on all parties to press ahead with the new Road Map peace plan to achieve the vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace.

UN envoy opens Baghdad workshop on bringing rights violators to justice

Noting that at least 300,000 people disappeared in Saddam Hussein's detention centres and torture chambers, United Nations envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello opened a two-day workshop in Baghdad today to discuss with Iraqis, international experts and members of the United States-run interim authority how to attain justice.

Annan praises re-opening of Ibn Khaldun Centre in Egypt

With the Arab region displaying enormous potential for growth and development, the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised the re-opening of the Ibn Khaldun Centre for Development Studies and emphasized its influential role in the region.

UN envoy discusses democratization with various Iraqi leaders

Democratization in Iraq was high on the agenda this weekend as the senior United Nations envoy to the country held talks with a number of key leaders.

Annan welcomes 'critically important' Israeli-Palestinian agreement

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has welcomed the agreement reached on Friday by the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority and underscored the important role played by the United States in bringing about the accord.

Iraq: UN envoy to meet Muslim Shi'ite religious leaders

Continuing his efforts to meet with and listen to the full range of Iraqi political, religious, intellectual and civil leaders, United Nations envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello is scheduled to go to the Islamic holy city of Najaf tomorrow to meet with Muslim Shi’ite religious leaders.

UN envoy stresses inclusion of Syria and Lebanon in Middle East peace process

A senior United Nations envoy, Terje Roed-Larsen, arrived today in Beirut for the start of a regional tour that follows-up on Sunday's meeting of the diplomatic Quartet in Jordan, stressing again the importance of including Syria and Lebanon in the Middle East peace process.

UNESCO to send new mission to Iraq to check cultural heritage after looting

Following up on reports of looting in Iraqi museums and archaeological sites, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that it was sending a second expert team to Baghdad tomorrow to take stock of the situation regarding the country's heritage.

Security Council extends UN's Israel-Syria disengagement force by six months

The United Nations Security Council today extended through December the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force known as UNDOF, which was established in 1974 to monitor the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights.

Senior UN envoy to embark on tour of Arab capitals in bid to boost Middle East peace

The top United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process, Terje Roed-Larsen, is set to leave tomorrow on a nine-day regional tour of Arab capitals to follow up on the latest meeting of the diplomatic Quartet.