Middle East

Syria: UN-Arab League envoy warns of limited options, dangers of fragmentation

“I am unable to see another solution out of two possibilities: either a political solution that is accepted by the Syrian people which meets its aspirations and legitimate rights, or Syria to be transformed into hell.”

Ban to chair high-level donor conference next month for Syria humanitarian effort

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will chair a high-level conference next month to raise funds to alleviate the worsening plight of millions of Syrians affected by the ongoing conflict.

Syria: UN-Arab League envoy calls for transitional government with full powers

Calling for “real change” in Syria, the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for the war-torn country, Lakhdar Brahimi, said today a Syrian transitional government with full executive powers “must be” created until elections can be held.

Syria: UN-Arab League envoy holds talks on crisis with President Bashar Al-Assad

The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, met with President Bashar al-Assad on Monday for further talks on the situation in the war-torn Middle Eastern country.

UN genocide adviser warns of increasing risk of sectarian violence in Syria

The United Nations top official on the issue of genocide has warned of the increasing risk of sectarian violence in Syria, and called on all parties to the conflict to refrain from targeting individuals or groups based on religious or ethnic identity.

In latest update, UN independent panel finds more breaches of human rights law by parties to Syrian conflict

A United Nations independent panel investigating human rights violations in Syria has released a new update on the situation in the Middle Eastern nation, noting that violations continue unabated and reiterating the need for a political solution to the conflict there.

UN and humanitarian partners seek $1.5 billion for ongoing Syria crisis

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today appealed for $1.5 billion to assist civilians affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria over the next six months, including those inside the country as well as those taking refuge beyond its borders.

UN officials stress urgency of getting Israeli-Palestinian peace process back on track

United Nations officials today underscored the urgency of getting the Middle East peace process back on track, noting that the momentum for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has slipped amid recent events and a resumption of meaningful talks is needed more than ever.

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping force in Golan Heights

The Security Council today extended until 30 June 2013 the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which monitors the ceasefire in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria, and expressed grave concern at recent violations by the Syrian Armed Forces in the mission’s area of operations.

Responding to human rights report, UN official calls on Iraq to end executions

The United Nations human rights chief today called on Iraq to move towards abolishing the death penalty, saying – in response to the latest periodic report on Iraq’s human rights record – that the rate of executions in the country this year “cannot be justified.”