Middle East

Iraqi petroleum exports under UN oil-for-food programme rise slightly

The United Nations oil-for-food programme today reported a slight increase in Iraq's oil exports under the humanitarian scheme that allows Baghdad to use a portion of its petroleum revenues to purchase relief goods.

UN officials meet with Israeli, Palestinian leaders on Middle East peace

Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his top envoy for the Middle East peace process have met with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials in New York and Gaza in an effort to get both sides to stem the violence in the region and return to the negotiating table, a United Nations spokesman said today in New York.

Southern Lebanon: Annan envoy concerned by clash between Hizbollah, Israel

Clashes between the Hizbollah and Israeli troops in the border area separating Lebanon and Israel have drawn an expression of "strong and serious concern" from an envoy of Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

In latest report, UN expert calls on Baghdad to respect Iraqi people's rights

A United Nations expert has reiterated his earlier calls for the Government of Iraq to protect the human rights of Iraqi citizens, particularly as relating to religious freedom, forced relocations, the death penalty and the rights of women.

Annan condemns assassination of Israeli cabinet minister

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan was "appalled" to learn of the assassination of an Israeli cabinet minister and has denounced the killing, his spokesman said today in New York.

Iraqi petroleum exports drop slightly under UN's 'oil-for-food' programme

The United Nations oil-for-food programme today reported a slight drop in the level of exports of crude by Iraq under the humanitarian scheme, which allows Baghdad to use a portion of its petroleum revenues to purchase relief goods.

UN official urges new international effort to safeguard Jerusalem's Old City

The head of the Nations cultural organization today called for a new, non-political international effort to safeguard the heritage of Jerusalem's Old City.

Middle East: Annan pledges continued UN efforts in pursuit of peace

The United Nations will continue to pursue peace in the Middle East, working with leaders from around the world with the aim of ending the violence and bringing the parties to the negotiating table, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

UN envoy calls for halt to Israeli air violations across withdrawal line in Lebanon

Warning that Israeli flights across the withdrawal line in Lebanon can lead to greater tension in the area, a senior United Nations envoy in Beirut today called on Israel to halt those actions.

Baghdad doubles petroleum exports under UN 'oil-for-food' programme

Iraq's petroleum exports rose sharply last week, earning Baghdad an additional €357 million (euros) or $328 million under the United Nations oil-for-food programme which allocates a portion of all petroleum revenues to the purchase of humanitarian relief for the country.