Middle East

UN forum on Palestinian rights adopts declaration urging new system to protect civilians

A United Nations forum on Palestinian rights meeting in Malaysia has adopted a Declaration decrying recent deaths in the Middle East and calling for a new system to protect civilians there.

General Assembly adopts resolutions criticizing Israeli actions against Palestinians

The General Assembly has adopted several resolutions criticizing Israeli actions in the occupied Palestinian territory, in particular by reiterating its call for a complete halt to all settlement activity and calling on the Government to ensure the safety of United Nations staff providing humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians.

Israeli-Palestinian mistrust must be overcome, Annan says

The United Nations devoted twin meetings to the Israeli-Palestinian issue today with Secretary-General Kofi Annan warning that the situation is “more dangerous than it has been for a very long time” and admonishing the international community to shoulder its responsibility to help promote a negotiated two-State solution.

Concerned at internal violence in Gaza, Annan urges Palestinians to foster unity

Reacting to recent internal violence in the Gaza Strip, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on all Palestinian sides to resolve their differences peacefully and foster national unity.

Security Council extends the mandate of UN force monitoring Israeli-Syrian ceasefire

The Security Council today extended for another six months the mandate of the United Nations force that for the past 32 years has monitored the ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights.

Lebanon: UN peacekeeping force tops 11,000

The enhanced United Nations peacekeeping force sent to Lebanon this summer to monitor the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah now totals surpasses 11,000 troops from 23 countries, less than 4,000 below its mandated maximum strength.

Deadly militia attack against Palestinians in Baghdad sparks appeal from UN agency

Voicing alarm at a deadly attack by armed militia on a predominantly Palestinian neighbourhood in Baghdad, the United Nations refugee agency today renewed its call for the international community to provide a humanitarian solution for Palestinians trying to flee Iraq.

Security Council reiterates concern over issue of Kuwaitis missing since 1990 war

Welcoming the recent progress on identifying and recovering the remains of Kuwaitis and other nationals missing since the 1990 Gulf War, the Security Council today expressed concern over the fate of nearly 400 others whose whereabouts remain unknown.

UN agency caring for Palestinian refugees launches $246-million emergency appeal

Citing a dramatically deepening humanitarian crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory, the United Nations agency that cares for millions of Palestinian refugees today launched a $246-million emergency appeal for 2007, its largest since its first flash appeal in 2000, for food aid, job creation, emergency cash help and increased health service needs.

Issuing grim warning on Middle East, Annan calls for ‘new and urgent push for peace’

Warning that tensions in the Middle East are near their breaking point, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for a “new and urgent push for peace” from all sides, including the international community, lest the people of the region be consigned to new depths of suffering and grief.