Middle East

Indian general named commander of UN interim force in Lebanon

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed a senior military officer from India as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Strong Iraqi exports reported under UN's 'oil-for-food' programme

Iraqi petroleum exports made a strong showing over the week leading up to 3 August, with 17 million barrels shipped under the "oil-for-food" programme, the United Nations office overseeing the humanitarian effort said today.

Kuwait donates $1 million to global fund against AIDS

The Government of Kuwait has pledged $1 million to the Global AIDS and Health Fund, the new mechanism proposed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to finance the fight against AIDS and other infectious diseases, a United Nations spokesman said today.

Middle East: Annan deplores deliberate killings, terror acts; urges sides to resume talks

"Dismayed" by the escalating violence in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the practice of deliberate killings and acts of terror, and appealed to both the Israelis and Palestinians to stop the cycle of destructive violence and resume peace talks.

Israeli team meets UN officials to discuss plans to view Middle East video

A high-level military delegation from Israel today met with senior United Nations officials to discuss issues surrounding the videotape made last October by UN peacekeepers in Lebanon, shortly after three Israeli soldiers had been abducted by the Hizbollah.

Annan regrets errors of judgment in UN's handling of Middle East videotape

Making public the findings of an internal probe into the handling of a videotape filmed by United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon in the wake of the abduction of three Israeli soldiers by the Hizbollah, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed regret over "serious errors of judgement" by UN officials and pledged to take steps to preclude breakdowns in communications within the UN chain of command.

Report on Lebanon videotape to go to Security Council on Friday

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has completed his review of a report concerning the UN's handling of a videotape that may relate to last year's kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers by Hizbollah, his spokesman said today.

Iraq: Annan approves distribution plan for current phase of oil-for-food programme

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has approved the distribution plan for the current phase of the United Nations' "oil-for-food" programme, which allows the Government of Iraq to use a portion of its petroleum sales to purchase humanitarian supplies.

Security Council extends UN Interim Force in Lebanon through January 2002

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) through the end of January, 2002, while calling for a continued reconfiguration of the Force in response to prevailing conditions.

Top UN rights official 'deeply dismayed' over Israeli attack in Nablus

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, today expressed "deep dismay" over the escalating violence in the occupied territories following an Israeli attack in the town of Nablus which left at least eight people dead, including two children.