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UN envoy calls on Israel, Palestinians to build peace momentum and mutual trust

With recent progress in the Middle East peace process affording a glimmer of hope, both sides must now build momentum and mutual trust, with the Palestinians disarming terrorists, and Israel easing the daily lives of Palestinians and releasing more prisoners, the top United Nations Middle East envoy told the Security Council today.

UN Middle East envoy denies account of his meeting with Syrian leader

The top United Nations Middle East envoy today denied a report in an Israeli newspaper about his meeting with Syrian President Bashir al Assad with regard to the whereabouts of missing Israelis and to the United States.

UN envoy strongly condemns Palestinian suicide bombing in Israel

The top United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process strongly condemned last night's suicide bombing in central Israel, which killed a 65 year-old woman, and called for political and security talks to continue at full speed.

Annan reiterates his support for latest developments in Middle East

In his third hopeful comments on the Middle East conflict in four days United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he was encouraged by the recent developments, which have seen an agreement between Israel and Palestinians on a troop pullback and a ceasefire agreement by Palestinian groups.

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."