Middle East

UN agencies voice concern over humanitarian conditions in Gaza Strip

United Nations agencies today expressed concern at the humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip, at a time when more than half of the area’s power supply has been knocked out, and roads and water pipes have also been damaged by Israeli air strikes.

UN official calls on Israelis and Palestinians to ‘step back from the brink’

Describing the escalating violence of the past few days in the Gaza Strip as a “grave crisis,” a senior United Nations official warned the Security Council today that another full-scale conflict between Israelis and Palestinians could easily be set off, and urged all sides in the region to “step back from the brink.”

UN-sponsored meeting calls on Israel to pull out of Gaza, Palestinians to stop rockets

A United Nations-sponsored international meeting aimed at advancing Middle East peace wrapped up its sessions last night with a call to Israel to halt its invasion of Gaza, withdraw from the Strip and stop escalating the current crisis. It also called on the Palestinians to end their rocket attacks on Israel.

Security Council condemns killing of Russian diplomats in Iraq

Avowing that no cause can justify acts of terror, the United Nations Security Council today condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the killing of four Russian envoys in Iraq following their abduction earlier this month.

Annan calls on both Palestinians and Israelis to take measures to defuse crisis

Voicing deep concern over developments in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on both sides to take measures to defuse the tension.

Iraq: UN mission concerned at upsurge in people displaced by recent violence

The recent upsurge of violence in Iraq over the past four months has uprooted a further 150,000 people across the war-torn country, bringing the total of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to 1.3 million, according to the United Nations mission there.

Secretary-General calls for ‘maximum restraint’ in Israeli-Palestinian flare-up

Calling on all sides in the upsurge of violence in the Gaza Strip to exercise maximum restraint and ensure that civilians are not harmed, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today the first step towards a solution would be the release of the Israeli soldier kidnapped by Palestinian militants.

UN meeting on Israeli-Palestinian peace opens with call for two-State solution

A United Nations-sponsored international meeting aimed at advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace opened in Vienna today with an appeal from Secretary-General Kofi Annan for an “essential” parallel commitment by both parties to a two-State solution.

In contacts with Middle East leaders, Annan urges restraint

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that he is in contact with key leaders in the Middle East, urging restraint and pressing for the release of an Israeli soldier who was kidnapped earlier this week.

Annan confers with Iranian Foreign minister on nuclear, regional issues

Meeting at United Nations Headquarters with Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Motaki, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reiterated his suggestion that the country speed up its response to recent international proposals on ending the impasse over its nuclear development programmes, while also discussing issues of regional importance.