Middle East

Egypt: Ban calls on leaders to take ‘bold’ steps to address protesters’ concerns

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on Egypt’s leaders to take some “bold measures” to address the concerns of the scores of thousands of people who have been demonstrating for change, stressing at the same time that the protests must be peaceful.

Egypt: UN officials urge Government restraint, respect for human rights

Top United Nations officials today urged the Government of Egypt to protect the rights of its citizens amid the political protests taking place in the country, particularly freedoms of expression, information and assembly.

Lebanon: Ban calls on new government to cooperate with Hariri murder court

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the newly designated Lebanese Government should continue to cooperate with the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murders of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others.

UN reparations panel for invasion of Kuwait pays out $680 million

The United Nations commission that settles damage claims in connection to Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait today made $680 million available to nine successful claimants.

UN chief calls for end to violence in Egypt

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all Egyptians today to ensure that political protests do not lead to further violence, and called on the Government to see this “as an opportunity to engage in addressing the legitimate concerns of the people,” his spokesman said.

Ban expects new Lebanese Government to cooperate in Hariri murder trial

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expects the newly designated Lebanese Government to abide by its obligation to cooperate with the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, his spokesman said today.

World must translate words into action to help Yemen develop, UN official says

The international community must translate its increased interest in helping Yemen tackle the challenges it faces into concrete steps that promote development in the impoverished country, a senior United Nations official said today.

Iraq: UN refugee chief proposes government-led plan to end displacement

The UN’s top refugee official has proposed a government-led plan of action to enable thousands of displaced Iraqis to return to their homes in the Middle Eastern country.

UN chief voices concern at lack of progress towards Israeli-Palestinian peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is very concerned at the lack of progress towards peace between Israel and the Palestinians, voicing his hope that this year will see greater efforts to bring an end to the conflict.

UN envoy welcomes meeting between Israeli and Palestinian Olympic committees

The United Nations special envoy on sport has welcomed a meeting between representatives of the Israeli and Palestinian Olympic committees, who met to discuss issues such as the free movement of both Israeli and Palestinian athletes, coaches, officials and sport material.