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Israel uses excessive force and annexation in Palestinian territories – UN report

Israel is using excessive force in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), violating human rights in the name of counter-terrorism, and its building of a “separation wall” and expansion of settlements bear the hallmarks of annexation and illegal “conquest,” according to a United Nations human rights report released today.

'Quartet' calls on Israel, Palestinians to do more to revive Middle East peace plan

Voicing “great concern” at recent Israeli and Palestinian attacks that have stalled the Middle East peace process, a high-level meeting of the diplomatic Quartet of the United Nations, United States, Russian Federation and European Union (EU) today called on both sides to take immediate action to revive the so-called Road Map peace plan.

Diplomatic Quartet to meet on Middle East Road Map peace plan on Friday

In an effort to put the Middle East peace process back on track after weeks of attack and counter-attack by the Israeli and Palestinian sides, the so-called diplomatic Quartet of the United Nations, United States, Russia and European Union (EU) will meet on Friday at the principals level, a UN spokesman said today.

General Assembly demands Israel not deport Arafat

The United Nations General Assembly today demanded that Israel not deport or threaten the safety of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, approving overwhelmingly a resolution by Arab and Non-Aligned countries after the United States vetoed of a similar text in the Security Council earlier this week.

General Assembly to resume special emergency session on Palestine

The United Nations General Assembly will hold a special emergency session tomorrow in a move by Arab and Non-Aligned Movement states to circumvent a United States veto of Tuesday's Security Council resolution demanding that Israel not deport or threaten the safety of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

US vetoes Security Council resolution demanding Israel not deport Arafat

The United States today vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution specifically demanding that Israel not deport or threaten the safety of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

In face of new violence, UN Middle East envoy calls for speeding up Road Map

Declaring that the Middle East now stood at the crossroads between recommitment to peace and descent into major bloodshed, the senior United Nations envoy for the region, Terje Roed-Larsen, today called for determined international engagement and a bold acceleration of the Road Map process to jump start efforts to resolve the crisis.

Draft resolution on Middle East under discussion in Security Council - President

After a daylong debate on the situation in the Middle East, in which it heard the views of more than 40 countries, the members of the Security Council held informal talks on a resolution proposed by Syria with an eye towards a vote on the text tomorrow, the President of the 15-nation body said today.

Annan, Security Council call on Israel not to expel Arafat

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the members of the Security Council called on Israel today not to expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, warning that such a move would dangerously exacerbate tension and instability in the region.

Annan condemns ‘despicable and indiscriminate’ Palestinian suicide attacks

Condemning two suicide bombings in Israel, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on Palestinian militant groups to halt “these despicable and indiscriminate actions, which not only spread death and misery but harm the legitimate national aspirations of the Palestinian people.”