Middle East

UN electoral team set to travel to Iraq in a 'few days,' Annan says

An electoral team from the United Nations should be heading to Iraq in a few days to assess the feasibility of holding elections before the transfer of sovereignty at the end of June, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Security Council extends mandate of UN force in Lebanon until end of July

Calling on the Government of Lebanon to return its effective authority over its southern area bordering Israel, the United Nations Security Council today extended for six months the mandate of the UN force in the area.

Condemning bloodshed, Annan implores Israelis and Palestinians to pursue peace

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today deplored the latest spate of bloodshed in the Middle East and urged the Israelis and the Palestinians to pursue an enduring settlement to their conflict.

Deploring loss of life in Gaza, UN envoy urges Israel not to endanger civilians

Deploring the loss of life in Gaza City today following deadly clashes, the senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East called on Israel to take measures to avoid endangering civilians.

Iraq: UN envoy visits Jordan for talks with officials, UN staff

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Acting Special Representative for Iraq visited Amman today for talks with government officials and UN staff in the Jordanian capital, which became a secondary hub for United Nations activities after last year's terrorist attack against the world body's headquarters in Baghdad.

With adequate security, UN will send electoral team to Iraq – Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced in Paris today that the United Nations will send a team to Iraq to explore the possibility of elections before the transfer of sovereignty as long as the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) provides adequate security arrangements.

Security Council members hail Annan's decision to send team to Iraq

Several members of the United Nations Security Council today voiced support for Secretary-General Kofi Annan's decision to send a team to Iraq to examine the feasibility of elections before the 30 June transfer of sovereignty.

Annan to decide on election team for Iraq

Secretary-General Kofi Annan is expected to decide early this week if he will send a United Nations team to Iraq to look into the feasibility of holding elections before the end of June as well as possible alternatives.

French general to head UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon

Maj. Gen. Alain Pellegrini of France has been named as the new Force Commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon.

UN security team in Iraq for talks with coalition

A two-person team from the United Nations is in Iraq for talks with the coalition on various security matters, a UN spokesman in New York confirmed today.