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UN envoy stresses inclusion of Syria and Lebanon in Middle East peace process

A senior United Nations envoy, Terje Roed-Larsen, arrived today in Beirut for the start of a regional tour that follows-up on Sunday's meeting of the diplomatic Quartet in Jordan, stressing again the importance of including Syria and Lebanon in the Middle East peace process.

Senior UN envoy to embark on tour of Arab capitals in bid to boost Middle East peace

The top United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process, Terje Roed-Larsen, is set to leave tomorrow on a nine-day regional tour of Arab capitals to follow up on the latest meeting of the diplomatic Quartet.

Middle East, African Union summit on agenda of Annan's 3-week trip

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is set to embark on a three-week trip, during which he will attend meetings on the Middle East peace process with other members of the diplomatic Quartet, as well as address the summit of the African Union.

Israel and Palestinians must 'stay the course' of peace - senior UN official

Saying that "the alternative is no alternative," a senior United Nations official today urged Israel and the Palestinians to "stay the course" of the latest peace initiative in the face of a recent upsurge of violence, and he exhorted the international community to do everything possible to help them do so.

Annan to attend Quartet meeting in Jordan in bid to boost Middle East peace

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will participate in a meeting in Amman, Jordan, on 22 June with fellow sponsors of the Road Map peace plan - the United States, European Union and Russia - in an effort to boost the initiative in the face of continuing Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Security Council demands 'immediate cessation' of Middle East violence

Voicing "serious concern" at the upsurge of Israeli-Palestinian violence, members of the United Nations Security Council today demanded "an immediate cessation to all acts of violence, including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction."

Annan condemns Palestinian attack in Jerusalem as 'utterly reprehensible'

Calling such attacks "utterly reprehensible," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned "in the strongest possible terms" the suicide bombing by the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Jerusalem, saying such actions "only serve to spur further hatred and mistrust."

Deploring latest Middle East violence, Annan reaffirms Road Map peace plan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today deplored the violence by Palestinian groups over the weekend, and urged that it not derail the peace process in the Middle East.

Annan hails impetus of Aqaba summit for Middle East peace, urges steps to implement Road Map

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed statements by the Israeli and Palestinian Prime Ministers at a Middle Eastern summit today as opening the way to implement the Road Map peace plan, and he called on both sides to take “immediate steps” to maintain the momentum generated by the meeting.

Bush’s summit with Arabs ‘important step’ in Middle East peace – Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called United States President George W. Bush’s summit with Arab leaders in Egypt today “an important step in our efforts” to resolve the Middle Eastern conflict.