Broad global support for Middle East nuclear-weapon-free zone, says UN official

Broad international support exists for a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, although there are long-standing differences of opinion about it among the region’s countries, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today.

Peace, not ‘process,’ urgently needed in Middle East – top UN official

Describing a reduction of violence between Palestinians and Israelis but with little progress made towards peace, a top United Nations official told the Security Council today that a comprehensive Middle East agreement is urgently needed.

UN team voices concern over human rights situation in occupied Syrian Golan

A three-member United Nations team investigative team expressed concern over the human right situation in the occupied Syrian Golan, restrictions placed on family visits, the treatment of prisoners from the Golan in Israeli prisons and attempts to change Syrian Arab identity.

UN rights expert on freedom of religion voices concern about Israeli restrictions

The security restrictions imposed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory are intrusive, disproportionate, discriminatory and arbitrary, an independent United Nations human rights expert has stated, warning that they restrict the access of Muslims, Christians and Jews to worship at their holy places.

Ban Ki-moon to discuss planned Israeli settlements with Quartet partners

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he would discuss planned Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem with his diplomatic partners in the Quartet, which brings together the United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation and the United States in the search for a lasting solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

Secretary-General names Robert Serry of the Netherlands as Middle East envoy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced his intention to appoint Robert H. Serry of the Netherlands as the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and his Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority.

Quartet voices support for Middle East conference in Annapolis

The diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East, made up of the United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation and United States, has voiced its full support for a conference on the region being held today in the US city of Annapolis.

Piecemeal approaches will not resolve Middle East conflict – Ban Ki-moon

It is time to “abandon piecemeal approaches” to resolving the Middle East conflict and start final status negotiations that deal with all the issues in dispute, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an international meeting on the region being held today in the United States city of Annapolis.

UN political chief to attend Middle East Quartet meeting

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs is heading to a meeting in Jerusalem on Thursday of the envoys of the Middle East Quartet, which brings together the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and United States, a spokesperson for the world body announced.

UN official voices concern at humanitarian conditions facing Palestinians

Raising concerns about the humanitarian conditions facing Palestinians, the top United Nations political official today told the Security Council that planned Israeli measures could further hamper relief efforts.