Middle East

Security Council holds daylong debate on Middle East crisis

Representatives of Israel and Palestine at the United Nations today offered diverging views on the current conflagration in the Middle East as delegates from close to 60 countries were inscribed to take part in a daylong debate in the Security Council on the volatile situation in the region.

New Chief of Staff named for UN Truce Supervision Organization in Middle East

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named Gen. Carl A. Dodd of Ireland as the new Chief of Staff of the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in the Middle East, according to documents released at UN Headquarters in New York.

UN's top rights official urges mission to occupied Palestinian territories

Reacting to the escalating death toll in the Middle East, the top United Nations human rights official today called on the Geneva-based UN Commission on Human Rights to consider immediately sending a mission to the occupied Palestinian territories in order to gather information and make recommendations on a future course of action.

Middle East: UN envoy continues contact with Israeli, Palestinian officials

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, today continued his active engagement in diplomatic efforts on the ground aimed at stemming the region's escalating violence.

Concerned over crisis in occupied Palestinian territories, UN sends in relief aid

The United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today delivered urgently needed food and medical supplies to the Ramallah Hospital, while voicing deep concern about the worsening humanitarian situation in the West Bank following the Israeli military assaults on Ramallah, Bethlehem, Tulkarm and Qalqilya.

To stem Middle East conflict, security and peace must be tackled together: Annan

Addressing the Security Council in closed session amid intensifying violence in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for simultaneous attention to Israel's security concerns and the Palestinians' political aspirations, and urged the 15-member body to implement its own resolutions on the matter.

Security Council calls on Israel to withdraw from Palestinian cities, urges sides to move to ceasefire

Meeting in the early hours of Saturday morning in an emergency session on Middle East violence that followed a four-hour debate the previous night, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution calling on Israel to withdraw troops from Palestinian cities, including Ramallah, and urging both parties to move immediately to a meaningful ceasefire.

Annan calls on Israel to end attack on Palestinian Authority, urges Palestinians to accept US envoy's plan

Addressing an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council convened late on Friday in response to the rapidly escalating violence in the Middle East, Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged Israel to halt its assault on the Palestinian Authority while calling on the Palestinians to accept the peace proposals put forward by United States Special Envoy Anthony Zinni.

Annan speaks to Sharon, Arafat urging leaders to 'stay the course' for peace

Reiterating his strong condemnation of the deadly suicide bombing in Netanya, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a statement today in Beirut saying he had just spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat and urged the two leaders to “stay the course” and continue the quest for peace.

At Arab summit, Annan urges Sharon, Arafat to lead their peoples 'back from brink'

Appealing to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat to lead their peoples "back from the brink," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today also urged leaders attending the Arab League summit in Beirut to unite in support of the recent Saudi proposal in an effort to help the two sides reach a peace agreement.