Middle East

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.

UN agency condemns Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes, calls for new funds

Condemning a week of Israeli house demolitions in Gaza, the main United Nations agency helping Palestine refugees appealed today to the international community for new funds to build shelters for nearly 600 people left homeless in the town and refugee camp of Rafah, in the south of the strip.

Israeli barrier will severely affect Palestinians in Jerusalem area - UN

Israel’s construction of a separation barrier will severely affect the lives of Palestinians in the Jerusalem area in wide-ranging activities from education to health care to relief and social services, according to the latest update of a report by the main United Nations agency helping Palestine refugees.

UN panel releases more money for claims from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

The United Nations panel processing claims for losses and damage suffered as a result of Iraq's invasion and occupation of Kuwait in 1990-1991 today made available over $184 million for payment to more than 1,600 claimants.

Southern Lebanon more fragile after six months of tension: Annan

The fragile stability of southern Lebanon is under threat after an upsurge in violent incidents in the past six months, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a document on the UN force monitoring the situation.

UN Israel-Syria force adjusting to changing conditions, outgoing commander says

The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights is working to modernize its operations in order to keep pace with changing conditions on the ground, the mission's outgoing commander said today.

Israeli operation destroys 36 buildings in Gaza refugee camp - UN agency

Israeli armoured vehicles and bulldozers destroyed 36 buildings in a Gaza refugee camp during an operation that began in the early hours of this morning, according to the main United Nations agency helping Palestine refugees.