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Annan strongly condemns latest incursion into Gaza refugee camp

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned the latest military incursion in the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza, which left at least eight Palestinians, many of them civilians, dead.

UN meeting on Palestine hails Security Council support for 'Road Map' for peace

The United Nations wrapped up an expert meeting in Beijing on the question of Palestine today amid widespread praise for the Security Council's support of the Road Map for peace in the Middle East.

Small window of opportunity for peace has opened - UN Middle East envoy

A narrow window of opportunity has opened to re-start the Middle East peace process, but the situation remains fragile and the only viable solution is to follow the Road Map, the senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East told the Security Council today.

Middle East Road Map is distressed, but far from dead, says Annan

The Road Map peace plan for the Middle East is in distress, but it is not dead, and a new mood in the region could inspire the leaders of Israel and the Palestinians to get back to the negotiating table, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

General Assembly passes six resolutions on Palestine and the Middle East

The United Nations General Assembly today adopted six resolutions to demonstrate its belief that a final, peaceful settlement to the question of Palestine is essential to ensuring there is lasting peace in the Middle East.

Israelis, Palestinians must seize new chance for peace, senior UN official says

With a new Palestinian Prime Minister in place, all parties involved in peace-building between Israelis and Palestinians should recommit themselves to the process and leave behind the inaction of the past month, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

Geneva Accord on Middle East consistent with Road Map to peace - Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the "Geneva Accord" drafted by prominent Israelis and Palestinians and giving detailed steps to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

UN agency helping Palestinians says much better financial support needed

Although 60 per cent of the Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza fall below the poverty line, aid programmes have had to be cut back drastically because of the low response to appeals for donations, the chief of the main United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees said today.

Annan and UN envoy deplore Israeli destruction of buildings in Gaza

The United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and his senior envoy for the Middle East today strongly deplored Israel’s continuing demolition of Palestinian-owned buildings, especially the destruction of three 13-story buildings in the Gaza Strip over the weekend.

UN media seminar ponders two-state Middle East solution

The senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Terje Roed-Larsen, said today that recent events in the Middle East conflict had convinced him that only the Road Map's goals of establishing a state of Palestine, living side by side with Israel in peace and security on the basis of 1967 borders, would bring peace to the region.