Construction of Israeli separation barrier has speeded up, Security Council told

Israel has quickened the pace of erecting its separation barrier between itself and Palestinian territories, dividing Palestinian communities and families and threatening to seal off Jerusalem from the West Bank, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

Cycle of Middle East violence reducing the option of negotiated peace - Annan

The net result of the increasing spiral of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East is that each side is pushed farther and farther from the negotiating table and each doubts whether it has a partner for peace, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message to a United Nations meeting on Middle East peace.

General Assembly starts emergency debate on Israeli barrier against Palestinians

The United Nations General Assembly today resumed a long-running emergency session, requested mainly by Arab representatives in reaction to a veto by the United States last week in the Security Council, on the Middle East to consider the separation barrier being built by Israel between itself and Palestinian territories.

Security Council fails to adopt resolution on Israeli barrier

The United States has vetoed a draft resolution before the Security Council that would have declared Israel’s building of a barrier, said to have taken in some Palestinian territory in the West Bank, illegal.

Secretary-General condemns fatal attack on US diplomats in Gaza

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan strongly condemned the attack on a United States diplomatic convoy in Gaza today, killing three Americans, and he urged the Palestinian Authority to bring the guilty to justice speedily.

UN seminar in Spain to examine peace plans for Middle East

International experts, Israeli and Palestinian policy-makers and senior journalists and United Nations officials will gather in Seville, Spain, next week for a two-day discussion of peace plans for the Middle East.

Security Council debates Israeli barrier separating it from West Bank

While acknowledging Israel's enduring suicide attacks, Security Council speakers today treated the building of a barrier between itself and the West Bank with some scepticism, saying the wall sometimes went over the 1949 armistice line into Israeli-occupied Palestinian land.

Secretary-General deplores killing of Palestinian civilians

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today deplored the killing of Palestinian civilians, including two children, by an Israeli Defence Force missile during Israel's incursion today into the Rafah refugee camp on the Gaza Strip.

Syria's decision to use diplomacy instead of retaliation is wise - UN envoy

The senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Terje Roed-Larsen, said today all parties to the Middle East conflict should allow the international community to work out a solution, instead of taking the kind of unilateral action that has brought a complete standstill to diplomacy in the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation.

Middle East nations must stop cycle of violence - UN envoy

The senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Terje Roed-Larsen, said today that the situation between Israel and its neighbours, Syria and Lebanon, has deteriorated sharply in the last few days and that the recent cycle of attacks would lead only to more violence.