Middle East

UN has needed expertise and experience to help Iraq, envoy tells aid conference

The United Nations has the expertise and experience to help support Iraq's aspirations for reconstruction and democracy, a senior UN envoy today told a meeting of donors gathered in the United Arab Emirates.

UN envoy to Iraq rates joblessness and power shortages as priority problems

Unemployment, electricity cuts, medicine shortages and water quality are the most pressing humanitarian problems facing Iraq, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's acting Special Representative for the country said after a two-day visit to Baghdad.

France honours late Jean-Selim Kanaan, killed in bombing of UN in Baghdad

France today awarded the late United Nations staff member Jean-Selim Kanaan the Legion of Honour for his work in helping the world's weak and oppressed.

UN envoy arrives in Iraq for talks on humanitarian issues

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's acting Special Representative for Iraq, Ross Mountain, has arrived in Baghdad for meetings on relief and rebuilding needs, a United Nations spokesman confirmed today.

International Court of Justice begins deliberations in Israeli wall case

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is starting deliberations on an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of the construction of an Israeli wall in the occupied Palestinian Territory after public hearings in the case concluded today.

Coalition officials hail growing UN involvement in Iraq's political future

The Ambassadors of the United States and the United Kingdom today told the Security Council that the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) welcomes the growing role of the United Nations in helping Iraq to determine its political future.

UN nuclear watchdog report chief hails Libyan cooperation

The Director-General of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who just wrapped up a two-day trip to Libya, has hailed the country's cooperation in efforts to shed light on its former clandestine activities.

Middle East: Annan condemns suicide bombing in Jerusalem

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the suicide bombing in Jerusalem yesterday as a “heinous crime” and called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to punish those responsible.

Iraq elections could be held by end of 2004 if conditions are met - UN report

Credible elections are not possible in Iraq before the 30 June planned handover of sovereignty but they can be organized by the end of this year or in early 2005 given the establishment of certain conditions, including a legal framework for the process, a United Nations fact-finding mission to the country says in a report released today.

International Court of Justice begins hearings in Israeli wall case

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today began hearing the first oral submissions in the request for an advisory opinion on the consequences of the construction of an Israeli wall in the occupied Palestinian territories.