Middle East

World Court hearings on building of wall in Palestinian territory set for February

The principle judicial body of the United Nations today decided to open hearings next February on the legal consequences of Israel's construction of a separation barrier in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Iraq: Annan seeks mid-January meeting with coalition, Governing Council

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he hopes to meet next month with members of Iraq's Governing Council as well as the coalition to elucidate the future role of the United Nations in the country.

IAEA signs accord for enhanced UN nuclear inspections in Iran

Iran signed an agreement today with the United Nations nuclear watchdog for enhanced, unannounced and on-the-spot inspections of its atomic facilities.

UN panel on Iraqi invasion of Kuwait awards another $1.4 billion in damage claims

An additional $1.4 billion has been approved as compensation for those suffering losses and damage resulting from Iraq's invasion and occupation of Kuwait in 1990-1991, the United Nations panel processing those claims announced today.

Those who killed Kuwaitis in Iraq must be brought to justice, Security Council says

Meeting a day after Secretary-General Kofi Annan reported that most if not all Kuwaitis missing in Iraq since 1990 are probably dead, the United Nations Security Council today said the perpetrators must pay for their crimes.

UN meeting on Palestine hails Security Council support for 'Road Map' for peace

The United Nations wrapped up an expert meeting in Beijing on the question of Palestine today amid widespread praise for the Security Council's support of the Road Map for peace in the Middle East.

Annan asks Security Council for greater clarity on UN role in Iraq

Addressing the Security Council today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan outlined plans for reconstituting the world body’s work in Iraq while appealing for clear guidance on what role it is being asked to fulfil.

Iraqi Foreign Minister says UN should play key role in reconstruction

With Iraq facing a crucial crossroads in its history, the country's Foreign Minister today appealed to the Security Council to expand United Nations activities there.

UN meeting in Asia examines situation in occupied Palestinian territories

As a United Nations meeting opened in Beijing today on the question of Palestine, Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged Israel and the Palestinians to intensify efforts to restart talks and stressed that the international community must bolster its role in the peace process.

Fall of Iraqi regime reveals 'grim truth' that Kuwaiti prisoners were killed - UN

In a new report on the fate of Kuwaitis who went missing in Iraq after the 1990 invasion of their country, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says fresh evidence suggests that most if not all were killed.