Middle East

UN envoy reports Israeli commitment to suspend overflights in Lebanon

Calling it a "positive decision," a United Nations envoy in the Middle East today reported that Israel had confirmed its commitment to immediately suspend flights over Lebanese territory.

Security Council continues debate on humanitarian situation in Iraq

Just days before the current phase of the United Nations humanitarian "oil-for-food" programme for Iraq is set to expire, speakers in the Security Council today continued to debate the issue in open session.

Security Council holds open debate on oil-for-food programme for Iraq

Members of the Security Council today expressed divergent views on how to proceed with proposed changes to the sanctions regime against Iraq, during an open meeting held one week before the current phase of the United Nations humanitarian programme for the country is set to expire.

OIC a key partner in Middle East peace bid, Annan tells Islamic forum

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is an indispensable partner of the United Nations in its efforts to achieve a just and durable peace in the Middle East, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message to a meeting of OIC foreign ministers in Bamako, Mali.

UN relief agency seeks $77 million to help Palestine refugees

The principle United Nations agency providing humanitarian relief to Palestine refugees launched an appealed to donors today for $77 million needed to bring food, medical supplies and other assistance to people in the West Bank and Gaza.

UN panel awards $842 million in claims arising from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

The United Nations panel charged with disbursing payments for damages arising from Iraq's 1990-1991 invasion and occupation of Kuwait approved today awards of over $842 million.

Security Council urges full cooperation from Iraq on return of Kuwaiti properties

Members of the Security Council today called upon Iraq to return all items seized following its 1990 invasion of Kuwait and to cooperate fully with Secretary-General Kofi Annan's envoy in resolving all outstanding issues.

Iraq: UN sanctions panel approves 4 contracts for human vaccines

The Security Council's Iraq sanctions committee has approved new contracts for vaccines under the United Nations humanitarian "oil-for-food" programme, according to the office running the relief effort.

Ending Middle East trip, Annan urges parties to seize fleeting chance for peace

Following meetings with top Israeli and Palestinian officials, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has issued a broad appeal to all those involved in the Middle East conflict to seize the current - and fleeting - opportunity for peace.

UN convenes media encounter to discuss search for Middle East peace

Prominent journalists and Middle East experts, including senior officials and lawmakers from Israel and the Palestinian Authority, gathered today at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to discuss the search for peace in the troubled region.