Middle East

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.

Annan: Organization of Islamic Conference has key role in fighting terrorism

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has a key contribution to make in the battle against terrorism, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message delivered today to an OIC meeting in Doha, Qatar.

Restrictions on flow of goods and labour hurt Palestinian economy, UN reports

Unprecedented restrictions on the flow of goods, labour and financial resources have taken a mounting toll on the Palestinian economy, according to a new report by the Geneva-based United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

UN envoy urges restraint following attacks across Lebanon's withdrawal line

A senior United Nations official in Beirut today called for maximum restraint following a series of violations across the withdrawal line in southern Lebanon.

Middle East: Annan deplores new round of violence, urges talks

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly deplored the latest clashes in the Middle East - which have left 20 Palestinians and two Israelis dead - and urged the parties to return to the negotiating table, according to a United Nations spokesman.

Chair of UN Palestinian rights panel urges adherence to recent agreements

Expressing cautious optimism about the results of a recent meeting between Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, the chairman of a UN Palestinian rights panel has stressed the need for a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement, according to a document released today at UN Headquarters in New York.

Islamic Development Bank grants $5 million to UN agency for Palestine refugees

The key United Nations agency assisting Palestine refugees announced today that it had received a pledge of $5 million from the Islamic Development Bank.

UN reports sharp drop in Iraqi exports under humanitarian oil-for-food scheme

The volume of Iraqi oil exports under the United Nations oil-for-food programme dropped sharply over the past week, according to the office running the scheme, which allows Baghdad to use a portion of its petroleum revenues to purchase humanitarian relief.

UN 'oil-for-food' scheme for Iraq achieves progress despite obstacles - Annan

The United Nations oil-for-food programme for Iraq, which allows Baghdad to use its petroleum revenues to purchase humanitarian relief, has achieved considerable progress in recent months despite persistent obstacles, according to a report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan released today at UN Headquarters in New York.

Annan recommends continuation of UN's Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended a continuation of the United Nations mission which has been monitoring a demilitarized zone along the border between Iraq and Kuwait since the Iraqi troops withdrew from Kuwait in 1991.