UN envoy condemns suicide bombing in Israel

The senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process, Terje Roed-Larsen, has strongly condemned the suicide bombing over the weekend in the Israeli town of Netanya, calling it an “outrageous and cowardly act.”

Small window open for putting Middle East peace back on track, Security Council told

The appointment by the Palestinian Authority of an empowered Prime Minister, the decision to present the diplomatic Quartet’s “road map” to the parties and the Israeli Government’s willingness to return to the negotiating table were among the steps under way pointing to a small window of opportunity for pulling the Middle East out of the “abyss” of violence and suffering, the senior United Nations envoy for the region told the Security Council today.

Middle East: Annan 'strongly deplores' latest deadly raids in Gaza Strip

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly deplored Israel's continuing raids in the Gaza Strip, saying it appeared the country was ignoring international requirements that it protect civilians during military operations.

Annan welcomes Bush's announcement on Middle East road map

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed today's statement by President George W. Bush of the United States that a plan by the diplomatic Quartet for a settlement to the Middle East crisis will be presented to the Israelis and Palestinians once the Palestinian Prime Minister has been confirmed in office.

Annan deeply deplores 'disproportionate and excessive' Israeli force in Gaza

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today deeply deplored the use of "disproportionate and excessive force" by the Israeli military in a Gaza refugee camp, which reportedly led to the killing of 11 Palestinians and the injuring of more than 140.

Middle East: Annan voices grave concern for steady rise in violence

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced grave and increasing concern for the steady escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians, urging both sides to take urgent steps to step back from such confrontations.