Annan transmits report on Hariri murder probe to Security Council

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent members of the United Nations Security Council the latest report on the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a spokesman for the world body confirmed today.

UN brokers cessation of hostilities after clashes at Israel-Lebanon withdrawal line

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today commended the Governments of Israel and Lebanon for avoiding a further escalation along the withdrawal line between their countries after the United Nations brokered a cessation of hostilities following serious clashes there.

Security Council calls on Syria to take steps against arms movements into Lebanon

The United Nations Security Council today called on Syria to take measures against movements of arms into Lebanon, “strongly encouraged” it to respond positively to Lebanese requests to delineate their common border and establish full diplomatic relations, and called for the disbandment of all militias inside Lebanon.

Further progress in Lebanon requires cooperation of Syria: Annan

The recent national political dialogue in Lebanon has forged consensus on how to consolidate the political integrity of the country, but further progress requires the cooperation of Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report on the subject, which was presented to the Security Council today.

Head of UN probe into Hariri murder has first meeting with Syrian president

The head of the United Nations panel looking into last year's assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri today held his first meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Lebanon making historic strides in self-governance, UN Security Council told

After many years of civil strife, Israeli occupation and Syrian domination, Lebanon had made important strides on the road towards self-governance, stability, democracy and prosperity, the country’s Prime Minister told the United Nations Security Council today.

Lebanese journalist who survived car bomb attack awarded UN press prize

A Lebanese journalist who lost one of her hands and her left leg in a car bomb attack last September was today named the winner of a top United Nations prize celebrating freedom of the press.

Security Council asks Annan to start talks on tribunal for Hariri assassination

The creation of a tribunal to try those responsible for last year’s assassination of Lebanon’s Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and others took a step forward today as the Security Council unanimously voted to ask Secretary-General Kofi Annan to consult with the country’s Government on the matter – a move immediately welcomed by an official from Beirut.

UN envoy says dialogue between Lebanon and Syria is ‘crucial’

Stressing the need for immediate dialogue between Lebanon and Syria, a senior United Nations envoy has called for their common border to be demarcated and embassies to be set up “as soon as possible.”

UN envoy discusses foreign influence in Lebanon with Jordanian and Palestinian leaders

A senior United Nations envoy held separate talks today with the King of Jordan and the Palestinian Authority President, to discuss the political process in Lebanon and wider regional issues in the Middle East.