Middle East

Annan condemns 'brutal execution' of aid worker in Iraq

Voicing shock and sadness, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today denounced the brutal execution of Margaret Hassan, head of the CARE International office in Iraq who was taken hostage last month.

UN envoy discusses Fallujah fighting with Iraqi president

The top United Nations envoy for Iraq today discussed the situation in Fallujah with Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawar, focusing on humanitarian conditions in the town and the impact of the hostilities on the civilian population following the United States military attack there.

UN envoy voices concern over rocket attacks from southern Lebanon

The United Nations envoy to Southern Lebanon today expressed his serious concern over repeated violations of the line marking Israel's withdrawal from the area after two rockets were fired from the Lebanese side on Monday.

Iraq: UN human rights chief concerned over plight of civilians in Falluja

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today voiced deep concern about the situation of civilians caught up in the ongoing fighting in Falluja, Iraq and called on all concerned to protect them.

UN envoy to Iraq voices hope that elections can be held by end of January 2005

The senior United Nations envoy to Iraq today said "from a technical perspective" elections slated to be held by the end of January 2005 can go ahead as planned.

IAEA welcomes Iran's decision to suspend uranium enrichment programme

The United Nations nuclear watch-dog agency today welcomed as a confidence-building measure Iran's announcement that it would suspend its nuclear-enrichment programme.

With Arafat's passing, Israelis and Palestinians must advance peace - UN envoy

Briefing the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East in the wake of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the senior United Nations envoy to the region urged both sides today to advance the peace process.

Annan, UN bodies pay tribute to Arafat, pledging support for a Palestinian State

In messages of condolences and a solemn memorial session, the United Nations today paid tribute to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, stressing his historic acceptance of the principle of peaceful coexistence between Israel and a future Palestinian State and regretting that he did not live to see its realization.

UN envoy for Iraq discusses political process with Prime Minister

The senior United Nations envoy for Iraq met today in Baghdad with interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi to discuss the latest developments in the country, a UN spokesman said today.

UN envoy confers with Iraqi electoral commission on January polls

As part of the United Nations role in helping Iraq organize elections after last year's United States invasion, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, met today with the country's Independent Electoral Commission.