Middle East

Secretary-General recommends six-month extension of UN Interim Force in Lebanon

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended extending the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for a six-month period, through January 2002, while calling on all parties in the region to respect the line of Israeli withdrawal, known as the Blue Line.

Annan urges increased aid to alleviate Palestinian economic hardship

Deteriorating economic conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory have generated diminishing support for the peace process there, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns in a new report, urging greater international assistance to bolster United Nations relief efforts in the area.

Secretary-General recommends six-month extension of UN Interim Force in Lebanon

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended extending the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for a six-month period, through January 2002, while calling on all parties in the region to respect the line of Israeli withdrawal, known as the Blue Line.

Annan urges increased aid to alleviate Palestinian economic hardship

Deteriorating economic conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory have generated diminishing support for the peace process there, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns in a new report, urging greater international assistance to bolster United Nations relief efforts in the area.

UN rejects Baghdad's charge that WHO staff were denied clearances to visit Iraq

A senior United Nations official has categorically rejected charges by Baghdad that staff members of the World Health Organization (WHO) were denied the necessary UN security clearances to travel to Iraq.

UN panel pays out $513 million in damages arising from Iraqi invasion of Kuwait

A United Nations panel which disburses damage awards arising from Iraq's 1990 invasion and subsequent occupation of Kuwait today granted over $513 million in payments to successful claimants.

UN development agency to grant Lebanon $3.4 million for clean energy

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced plans to provide Lebanon with a $3.4 million grant to finance a new initiative aimed at increasing energy efficiency and environmental protection in the country.

In Geneva, Annan briefed by his envoy on Middle East developments

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today discussed the escalating violence in the Middle East with his Special Envoy for the peace process, Terje Roed-Larsen, who just concluded a series of contacts on the situation in the region with key officials.

Middle East: Annan urges consolidation of 'fragile' ceasefire

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged a consolidation of the "fragile" ceasefire in the Middle East, while calling for the adoption of measures aimed at bringing the parties back to the negotiating table.

FAO starts emergency project to control possible Rift Valley Fever outbreak in Iraq

The United Nations food agency today announced the launch of a new project aimed at preventing the outbreak of a highly contagious disease in Iraq which threatens both the country's livestock and its people.