Middle East

UN envoy urges Israel to end flights over southern Lebanon

Reacting to a spate of air violations by Israel which brought anti-aircraft fire from Lebanese territory, a United Nations envoy to the region today called for an end to the overflights.

Annan appeals to Israelis and Palestinians to fulfil Road Map obligations

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appealed to the Israelis and the Palestinians to fulfil their obligations under international law and the Road Map, a widely endorsed plan for peace in the Middle East.

Hailing new opportunity to stabilize Iraq, Annan pledges UN's support

Secretary-General Kofi Annan, currently travelling in the Middle East, today hailed the restoration of Iraq's sovereignty as a chance to reconstruct the war-ravaged nation and pledged the full support of the United Nations in this endeavour.

Mandate of UN observer force in Golan Heights extended until year’s end

Thirty years after it was first established, the United Nations peacekeeping force observing the ceasefire between Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights had its mandate extended today through the end of the year.

Security Council hails handover of authority to interim Iraqi Government

Hailing an end to the occupation of Iraq, the United Nations Security Council today welcomed the handover of full responsibility and authority to the country's "fully sovereign and independent" interim Government, while condemning ongoing violence.

Welcoming Iraq back to family of nations, Annan urges reconciliation

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed Iraq back into the family of independent and sovereign nations and urged the country's people to consolidate stability and foster understanding.

If properly managed, Gaza pull-out could spur peace process, Annan says

Under proper conditions, Israel's planned withdrawal from Gaza could spur greater stability in the region, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a press conference in New York today.

UN envoy to Iraq to be named ‘shortly’ – Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he plans to name a new United Nations envoy to Iraq within a week.

World Court to rule on Israeli wall in two weeks

The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) today announced plans to rule in two weeks on a case concerning the legality of Israel's construction of a wall in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Diplomatic 'Quartet' hails Egypt's support for planned Israeli pullout from Gaza

Members of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East today hailed Egypt's efforts to help both sides to the conflict to establish arrangements supporting the Israeli initiative to withdraw from Gaza, the United Nations reported.