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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.”

Middle East: Annan voices hope Abu Mazen's resignation does not derail Road Map

Reacting to developments over the weekend in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the latest round of violence and voiced hope that the resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen would not stall efforts to bring peace to the region.

Annan says role of civil society in Middle East peace efforts 'indispensable'

Once again appealing to Israel and the Palestinians to break the cycle of violence and counter-violence, United Nations secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on non-government organizations (NGOs) and grassroots groups to provide their "indispensable" support for reaching peace in the Middle East.

UN envoy condemns Israel's extra-judicial assassinations

The senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Terje Roed- Larsen, today condemned Israel's extra-judicial assassination on Sunday of four Palestinians, when helicopter gun-ships fired missiles into a car in Gaza City, reportedly killing a Hamas militant and three Islamic University students.

Secretary-General deeply concerned by escalation in Middle East violence

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced deep concern at the sharp escalation in violence in the Middle East, and calling on both sides to curb their actions he reaffirmed the importance of sticking to the Road Map peace plan.

Israelis, Palestinians need courage to stick to Road Map peace plan - UN official

Describing the situation in the Middle East as "fragile," a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today that both Israelis and Palestinians needed "courage and determination to stay the course" and must not allow themselves to fall back into the senseless cycle of violence and revenge.

Annan denounces Palestinian suicide bombing as 'reprehensible' terrorist attack

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned in the strongest possible terms the Palestinian suicide bombing in Jerusalem, which killed 20 Israelis and injured dozens more, calling it a totally reprehensible terrorist attack, urging Palestinian leaders to arrest the instigators and exhorting Israel to show restraint.

Deeply concerned, Annan condemns two suicide bombings against Israelis

Voicing deep concern over the escalation in violence, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the two suicide bombings in the Israeli town of Rosh Ha'ayin and outside the settlement of Ariel, and urged both Israelis and Palestinians to adhere to the Middle East peace plan and show restraint.

Annan condemns Hezbollah shelling Israel, urges restraint by all parties

Strongly condemning Hezbollah's shelling of Israel from Lebanon, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged all governments with influence over the group to "deter it from any further actions which could increase the tension in the area" and called upon the Israeli Government to exercise utmost restraint.