Middle East

UN inspectors report finding empty chemical warheads in Iraq

United Nations inspectors today found empty chemical warheads at a storage area in Iraq, according to a spokesman for the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) in Baghdad.

UN panel pays over $597 million in claims arising from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

A United Nations panel in Geneva today paid out more than $597 million for claims resulting from losses and damage suffered as a direct result of Iraq's 1990 invasion and subsequent occupation of Kuwait.

Arms probe in Iraq continues as UN inspectors visit farms, factories and missile plant

As the chief United Nations inspectors prepare to visit Iraq this weekend, UN monitors on the ground continued to visit a variety of sites today, including agricultural facilities, a heavy machinery design plant and a missile propellant factory.

Chief UN weapons inspector heads to Europe for talks on Iraq

Hans Blix, the chief United Nations weapons inspector, is leaving today for a series of meetings with senior European officials before heading to Baghdad this weekend for further talks with Iraqi authorities about the country's compliance with the inspection process, a UN spokesman said Wednesday.

Annan recommends continued presence of UN force in southern Lebanon

The situation in southern Lebanon has returned to one of general stability with sporadic incidents of hostility between Lebanon and Israel, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report on the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Arms probe in Iraq continues as UN inspectors visit munitions depots and factories

United Nations inspectors today continued their probe for evidence of illegal weapons in Iraq, visiting an agricultural research centre, munitions depots and various factories in the Baghdad area.

Annan 'optimistic and hopeful' Iraq can be disarmed peacefully

Stressing that United Nations inspectors in Iraq were only now getting up to full speed, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he believed it was premature to talk about war before the monitors report to the Security Council again later this month.

UN officials stress importance of London talks on Palestinian reform

Attending the London conference on Palestinian reform today, the senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Terje Roed Larsen, described the talks as an "invaluable" meeting that helps to move the process forward.

Following weekend of bloodshed, Annan voices extreme concern at Middle East violence

Following a weekend that saw further bloodshed in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced his extreme concern at the level of violence and growing number of casualties in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

UN inspectors visit Baghdad-area universities in arms probe

United Nations inspectors visited universities in Baghdad today as part of their ongoing hunt for evidence of illegal weapons in Iraq.