Middle East

Palestinians headed for 'man-made' disaster, UN seminar is told

Deliberate political decisions are combining to create a humanitarian crisis for people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, a senior United Nations official with the major relief agency meeting their needs told a UN seminar in Cairo today.

UN aid to Palestinians likely to increase, but Authority plays crucial role: Annan

Concerned at the prospect of a further deterioration in the living conditions of Palestinians in the new political climate, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that the United Nations would most likely increase the scale of its assistance and urged intensified donor support to the people, while stressing that the Palestinian Authority remains critical to averting a humanitarian crisis.

Further progress in Lebanon requires cooperation of Syria: Annan

The recent national political dialogue in Lebanon has forged consensus on how to consolidate the political integrity of the country, but further progress requires the cooperation of Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report on the subject, which was presented to the Security Council today.

UN hails Syria’s acceptance of Palestinians stranded on Iraqi-Jordanian border

The United Nations refugee today welcomed Syria’s acceptance of 181 Palestinians stranded in difficult conditions at the Iraqi-Jordanian border after they fled Baghdad out of fear for their security.

Head of UN probe into Hariri murder has first meeting with Syrian president

The head of the United Nations panel looking into last year's assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri today held his first meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Welcoming Iraqi leadership, Security Council urges formation of government

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed the election of Iraq’s new leadership and voiced hope that the country would soon form a government.

Security Council urges States to help Egypt find perpetrators of terror blasts

Condemning the terrorist attacks which rocked Dahab, Egypt, on Monday, the United Nations Security Council today urged all countries to help the Cairo authorities bring those responsible to justice.

UN atomic watchdog agency helps Iraq clean up contaminated nuclear hotspots

Cleaning up contaminated sites once at the heart of Iraq's nuclear programme could take years, according to a senior United Nations official invited by the Iraqi Government to help it with the task.

UN Council warned of 'dangerous deterioration' in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

With donors balking at funding the Hamas-led Palestinian Government, tension between that administration and President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah, increasing violence and lawlessness, and continued settlement expansion by Israel, the situation in the Middle East has reached a volatile juncture, a United Nations official said today.

Congratulating Iraq's new leadership, UN envoy urges national unity government

Congratulating Iraq's new political leadership, the senior United Nations envoy to the country today called on the elected officials to form a government of national unity.