Middle East

UN and US collaborating on Iraq, Annan and top Washington envoy reaffirm

The United Nations and Washington are collaborating effectively in Iraq, Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the senior United States envoy to Baghdad reaffirmed today following talks in Amman.

Middle East diplomatic Quartet hails positive developments on road to peace – Annan

Members of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East – the United Nations, United States, Russian Federation and European Union – today hailed positive developments in the peace process and urged further efforts by both Israel and the Palestinian authorities to consolidate the gains achieved so far, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a statement issued on behalf of the group.

UN set to launch appeal for additional $259 million in relief aid to Iraq

The United Nations will launch a new humanitarian appeal for Iraq next week calling for $259 million to cover relief operations until the end of the year.

UN watchdog calls on Iran to allow enhanced inspection of nuclear programmes

The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency today called on Iran to allow environmental sampling of alleged enrichment activities and to agree to enhanced inspections of its nuclear programmes following an official report that it had failed to disclose certain nuclear material and activities.

UN envoy ‘strongly condemns’ latest Palestinian militant attacks in Israel

A senior United Nations official for the Middle East today strongly condemned two recent attacks by Palestinian militants in Israel and called on the Palestinian Authority to “bring to justice the perpetrators of these murderous acts.”

Six-month extension recommended for UN's Israel-Syria disengagement force

With the situation in the Middle East still "very tense and likely to remain so" pending a comprehensive settlement, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended extending for six months the United Nations operation supervising the ceasefire between Syrian and Israeli forces.

Iraqi Kurdish leader calls for UN help in establishing democracy

An Iraqi Kurdish leader told United Nations envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello today that the world body should play a role not only in the humanitarian field but also in assisting in establishing democratic institutions in the country.

Middle East, African Union summit on agenda of Annan's 3-week trip

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is set to embark on a three-week trip, during which he will attend meetings on the Middle East peace process with other members of the diplomatic Quartet, as well as address the summit of the African Union.

UN envoy in Iraq briefs area coordinators, to visit Kurdish area

United Nations envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello today briefed a meeting of UN Humanitarian Area Coordinators from throughout Iraq on his discussions with different segments of Iraqi society over the past two weeks.

Iraqi political leaders concur on need to 'Iraqi-ize' political process - UN envoy

United Nations envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello, well into the second week of meetings with a full spectrum of Iraqi political leaders, said today he was discovering by the day a convergence of views on the need for the "Iraqi-ization" of the process of moving the country forward.