Resuming its emergency special session on illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the United Nations General Assembly today voted in support of the establishment of a monitoring mechanism for the region.
Calling the Sunday televised address by Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat "historic," the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has urged senior Palestinian and Israeli officials to take further steps to ease tension in the region.
Meeting into the early hours of Saturday morning on the situation in the Middle East, the Security Council today failed to adopt a draft resolution by which it would have condemned all acts of extrajudiciary executions, excessive use of force and wide destruction of property, and would have encouraged the establishment of a monitoring mechanism to help the parties.
Talks between the Palestinians and Israelis should not wait for any period of calm to set in, because it is “when people are dying that peace talks are needed most,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told Swedish lawmakers today.
The recent escalation of violence in the Middle East has given greater urgency to peace efforts for the troubled region, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in the Norwegian capital of Oslo where he attended Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies.
Reacting to today's speech on the Middle East by United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed it as "an important elaboration" of President Bush's recent remarks to the UN General Assembly outlining a vision of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side within secure borders.
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.
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.
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.