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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.