Middle East

Iraq: UN oil-for-food programme realizes $61 million in overhead savings

The United Nations office overseeing the humanitarian “oil-for-food” programme today said that $61 million in administrative savings will be redirected to the purchase of relief supplies for Iraq.

Iraq agrees to offer UN inspectors more help in weapons probe

After two days of talks between the chief United Nations arms inspectors and Iraqi officials, Baghdad today pledged to offer UN monitors more help in their probe for evidence of weapons of mass destruction.

UN envoy wraps up talks with Iraqi officials on missing Kuwaiti nationals

The United Nations envoy dealing with the return of missing Kuwaiti nationals and seized property today travelled to Kuwait City after wrapping up talks on the matter with Iraqi officials in Baghdad.

Inspections continue as chief UN arms experts hold talks with Iraqi counterparts

As the top United Nations inspectors held talks in Baghdad with their Iraqi counterparts, UN monitors on the ground continued their probe for evidence of illegal weapons programmes.

UN inspectors visit petroleum research centre, universities and factories in Iraq

A petroleum research centre, universities and factories were among the sites visited today by United Nations weapons inspectors.

UN inspectors conduct analysis of 12th chemical warhead found in Iraq

United Nations weapons inspectors returned to the Ukhaider Ammunition Storage Area today to conduct further analysis of the twelfth chemical warhead found at the site earlier in the week.

UN inspectors visit ice-making factory, defunct chlorine plant

United Nations inspectors today continued their probe for evidence of illegal weapons in Iraq, visiting an ice-making factory and a defunct chlorine plant outside of Baghdad.

UN envoy on return of missing Kuwaitis in first-ever visit to Baghdad for talks

Following an invitation from the Iraqi Government, a United Nations envoy is arriving in Baghdad today for two days of talks with authorities on the return of missing persons and seized Kuwaiti property.

Top UN inspector meets with European officials, urges ‘proactive’ cooperation by Iraq

After meeting with European officials today in the first of a series of talks before heading to Baghdad, the top United Nations weapons inspector said Iraq must offer more “proactive” cooperation with UN monitors in order to avoid military conflict.

Clear consensus for Quartet’s efforts to settle Middle East crisis, Security Council told

There is a clear consensus within the international community of support for the diplomatic Quartet’s efforts to reach a permanent settlement to the situation in the Middle East based on two sovereign states, living side-by-side in peace and security, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.