Middle East

After briefing by inspectors, Security Council plans to consult on Iraq Wednesday

The United Nations Security Council, which was briefed today by the chief UN weapons inspectors on their work in Iraq over the past two months, will consult on the matter again on Wednesday, the Council President said on Monday.

Middle East: Annan deplores rising violence, urges parties to halt attacks

Deploring the "ominous escalation" of violence in the Gaza Strip over the past few days, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the parties to halt their attacks and stressed the need for a comprehensive approach to securing peace in the Middle East.

On eve of key report, UN inspectors continue arms probe in Iraq

On the eve of a key report to the Security Council on United Nations weapons inspections in Iraq, UN experts on the ground continued their probe into the country’s illegal arms programmes.

Iraqi personnel decline UN request for private interviews

Exercising powers granted by the Security Council, United Nations officials in Iraq tried to interview several individuals privately, but were unable to do so after they declined, a UN spokesman in Baghdad reported today.

UN envoy concerned at repeated violations of ‘Blue Line’ in southern Lebanon

Reacting to attacks on Israeli positions across the withdrawal line in southern Lebanon, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Terje Roed-Larsen, has voiced concern at the pattern of repeat violations.

Natural resources in Palestinian territories under constant pressure, UN agency reports

Already stretched thin by the demands of a dense population coping with decades of conflict, natural resources in the Palestinian Occupied Territories are under constant pressure from water pollution, climate change, desertification and land degradation, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) says in a new study.

Blix meets with Commissioners ahead of his briefing to Security Council next week

The College of Commissioners of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) met today at UN Headquarters in New York with Executive Chairman Hans Blix to review the work of the inspectors on the ground in Iraq.

Iraq can improve ‘proactive’ cooperation, chief UN inspector says

Chief United Nations inspector Hans Blix today said that while his recent talks with senior Iraqi officials produced agreement for greater cooperation with UN monitors, Baghdad could still do more to divulge additional information.

UN envoy voices serious concern over demolition of Palestinian property in West Bank

The senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process, Terje Roed-Larsen, voiced serious concern today for the demolition of Palestinian homes and commercial property in the West Bank town of Tulkarem by the Israeli military.

UN inspectors in Iraq travel to site of rocket warheads to conduct further analysis

As the probe for illegal weapons in Iraq continued today, United Nations inspectors travelled to the site where four rocket warheads were recently found to conduct further analysis.