Middle East

UN refugee agency voices extreme concern for Iraqis fleeing Fallujah assault

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced extreme concern over the fate of tens of thousands of Iraqis who have fled the city of Fallujah to escape the fierce fighting in an assault launched on rebels there by United States and Government forces.

UN envoy voices concern over violations of line marking southern Lebanon

A United Nations envoy today expressed concern over repeated violations of the line marking Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon after a drone was launched into Israeli airspace, and urged all sides to respect the so-called Blue Line.

Annan and Iraq’s UN envoy meet for discussions on Fallujah, elections

Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Iraq’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaidaie, met today in New York for talks on the situation in Fallujah as well as preparations for elections next January.

Chief of UN aid agency for Palestinians asks striking workers to return to jobs

The head of the United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees today asked thousands of staff who walked off the job last month because of a pay dispute to return to work delivering food and medicines to people in the West Bank.

Annan says UN will do all it can to help Iraqis advance political process

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged the world body's full support for the political process in Iraq as a senior UN aide announced that more international staffers would head to the war-ravaged country to help with preparations for January elections.

UN envoy calls for end to Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon today called on Israel to cease its air violations over Lebanese territory.

UNESCO chief voices outrage at killings of journalists in Iraq

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today expressed outrage at the killing of several journalists in Iraq over the past week.

Secretary-General saddened by death of United Arab Emirates leader

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed his profound sadness over the death of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

UN envoy discusses poll preparations with Iraqi Vice President

The United Nations envoy for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, and Iraqi Vice President Rowsch Shaways met today to review progress in preparations for the country's first democratic elections due to be held in January.

Iraqis can now check voter registration lists prepared with help of UN experts

Iraqis will now be able to check if their names are properly registered on voter rolls prepared by the Independent Electoral Commission for Iraq with help from United Nations electoral experts.