Middle East

Annan's envoy in southern Lebanon to meet with newly elected administrators

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon will assess the needs of the local administration in the area during an upcoming trip there, the United Nations announced today.

Chief of UN relief agency for Palestine refugees calls for more funds

The head of the United Nations agency assisting millions of Palestine refugees today urged a General Assembly committee to provide a sound financial basis for the relief effort.

UN hosts regional meeting on upcoming World Trade Organization forum

Trade and economy ministers from numerous Arab States gathered today at the United Nations House in Beirut to seek a joint position in advance of next month's World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference.

Security Council members urge Israel to pull out from Palestinian-controlled areas

Deeply concerned at the intensifying violence in the Middle East, members of the United Nations Security Council have called on Israel to immediately withdraw its forces from a Palestinian-controlled area there.

Middle East: Annan's envoy continues 'intensive' diplomacy on current crisis

Continuing his intensive diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, a special envoy of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan held several high-level meetings in Gaza today aimed at dealing with the latest crisis in the region.

UN and Lebanon launch major demining effort funded by United Arab Emirates

The United Nations, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Lebanon today launched a $50 million effort to clear Lebanese territory of landmines.

Annan urges Israel to halt attack in West Bank

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged Israel to halt its strikes against a Palestinian-controlled area in the West Bank, and to ensure that medical and relief workers could reach those hurt in the attack.

Middle East at 'most dangerous moment' in a decade, UN envoy says

A special envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today said the Middle East was at "the most dangerous moment in a decade" and called for "courageous leadership" on the part of the Palestinians and the Israelis.

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.