Middle East

UN inspectors use helicopters to visit site outside Baghdad

United Nations experts travelled by helicopter today for the first time since the resumption of weapons inspections in Iraq, visiting a fertilizer plant well outside Baghdad to probe for evidence of illicit arms.

Annan approves Iraqi plan to distribute $5 billion under oil-for-food programme

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has approved the distribution plan for the latest phase of the United Nations humanitarian programme for Iraq, which allows Baghdad to use a portion of the revenue generated by oil sales to purchase food and other relief supplies.

Senior UN envoy condemns deadly suicide bombing in Tel Aviv

The top United Nations envoy in the Middle East, Terje Roed-Larsen, has condemned the double suicide bombing by Palestinian militants in Tel Aviv over the weekend in which at least 20 people were killed and dozens more wounded.

UN inspectors fan out across Iraq to probe for evidence of arms programmes

Teams of United Nations inspectors fanned out across Iraq today and over the weekend to continue their probe of facilities for possible evidence of weapons of mass destruction.

UN envoy set to visit Iraq for talks on return of missing Kuwaitis

The United Nations envoy dealing with the return of missing Kuwaiti nationals and property seized by Iraq following the Persian Gulf War is set to travel to the region later this month, a UN spokesperson said today in New York.

Annan condemns 'morally reprehensible' suicide bombings in Tel Aviv

In a strong condemnation of the deadly double suicide bombing by Palestinian militants in Tel Aviv, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called such terrorist attacks "morally reprehensible and completely unjustified."

UN monitors continue international probe of Iraq for weapons

Teams of inspectors from the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) today continued their investigations into various facilities in Iraq.

UN inspectors continue investigations into Iraq’s weapons programmes

United Nations inspectors today continued their visits to Iraqi facilities, on the look out for evidence that the sites may be involved in programmes to produce weapons of mass destruction.

On New Year's Day, UN weapons inspectors continue probe in Iraq

Pressing forward with their non-stop series of surprise inspections since arriving in Iraq late last year, United Nations arms experts today probed sites suspected of involvement in the country's weapons programme.