Middle East

New UN head of Hariri assassination probe visits Lebanese officials

The new head of the United Nations investigation into last year’s assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has been paying courtesy calls on senior Lebanese officials following his arrival in Beirut last Thursday, a spokesman for the world body announced today.

Security Council calls on Lebanon to assert control over all its territory

The United Nations Security Council today called on that the Government of Lebanon to make more progress in controlling its territory and disbanding militias, while also calling on Syria to cooperate with those efforts.

Annan urges Palestinians to vote in upcoming elections

Looking to next week's Palestinian legislative elections, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged all those eligible to participate and voiced hope that this milestone will set the stage for peace and Statehood.

Iraq: Annan welcomes preliminary election results

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the announcement by the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) of the preliminary results of last month’s election.

Noting attacks across Israel-Lebanon line, Annan calls for renewal of UN force

Recommending a six-month extension of the United Nations Force monitoring the line of withdrawal between Israel and Lebanon, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says that the political and security environment in the area continues to be fragile.

Saddened at latest terror attack in Israel, Annan says it must not derail peace efforts

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reacted with sadness to the news of today’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, in which a number of innocent civilians were wounded, and stressed that the perpetrators must not be allowed to derail peace efforts.

Annan encourages Iran to foster environment conducive to talks

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the Tehran Government to foster an environment conducive to talks on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

UN envoy welcomes International Mission for Iraqi Elections Assessment Team report

The top United Nations envoy for Iraq welcomed today’s report of the International Mission for Iraqi Elections (IMIE) Assessment Team and called on all parties to note its recommendations for future elections.

New head of UN independent probe into Hariri assassination arrives in Lebanon

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the arrival in Lebanon of the new head of the United Nations investigation into last year’s assassination of its former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, and repeated his call for an end to outside interference in the country.

Women, children, clergy and detainees suffer abuses in strife-torn Iraq: UN

Terrorism and bombing campaigns, lawlessness, kidnapping and targeted killings continue to wreak havoc on civilians in Iraq, with the rights of women, children, detainees and religious leaders grievously violated, according to a new United Nations report.