Middle East

UN officials concerned at Iran’s removal of seals on uranium enrichment sites

Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today voiced concern about Iran’s removal of seals that block the use of equipment and material related to uranium enrichment, saying that the nature of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions remains unclear.

UN envoy to Iraq says all parties must honour sanctity of holy sites

Reacting to an incident at the Umm al-Qura mosque in Iraq, the senior United Nations envoy to the country today stressed that all parties must honour the sanctity of holy sites.

Annan wishes Israeli Prime Minister Sharon a speedy recovery

Deeply concerned about the health of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today wished the leader a quick recovery.

Iran should maintain suspension of nuclear research – IAEA chief

Learning of Iran’s plans to resume research and development on its suspended “peaceful” nuclear energy programme, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reminded Tehran that it should maintain its suspension of all enrichment-related activities.

Annan condemns latest suicide bombing in Iraq, urges national unity

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the suicide bombing that took place in Iraq during a funeral service in Miqdadiya, where over 30 people were killed and many others wounded.

Annan pays tribute to late ruler of Dubai

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today mourned the death and paid tribute to the legacy of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, one of the seven sheikdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates for which Sheikh Maktoum also served as Prime Minister and Vice-President.

Palestinian Authority must prosecute attackers who hit UN facility in Gaza: Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the recent attack on a United Nations recreational facility in Gaza and called on the Palestinian Authority to prosecute those responsible.