After five years of service, UN’s Middle East envoy bids farewell to staff in Gaza

The outgoing United Nations envoy for the Middle East today visited Gaza to bid farewell to the UN family after more than five years of serving as Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s senior representative in the strife-torn region.

Window of opportunity opens up again to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace - UN

In sharp contrast to his last briefing of "foreboding" looming over the Middle East, the head of the United Nations Political Affairs office told the Security Council today that "there exists, once again, a 'window of opportunity' to revitalize" the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Annan reiterates importance of US role in Middle East peace

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reiterated the important role of the United States in the Middle East peace process following comments by one of his senior advisers that raised questions about Washington's involvement in the region.

Meeting of UN, donors draws Israel and Palestinians together for first time in nearly a year

A meeting of donors and the United Nations today in Norway bringing Israelis and Palestinians together found cause for optimism while urging them to take further steps to improve the situation in the troubled Middle East.

Six-month extension recommended for UN Middle East observer force

Since the Middle East “is very tense and likely to remain so,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today recommended extending the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) between Israel and Syria until the end of next June and called on UN Member States to pay up their arrears for the troops.

UN envoy urges Israel to 'grab' Syria's outstretched hand for talks

The top United Nations envoy for the Middle East today became the first UN official to appear before the Israeli parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, and urged the country to "grab the outstretched hand" of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resume peace negotiations without preconditions.

Syria willing to negotiate with Israel, UN envoy says

Syria is willing to negotiate a peace deal with Israel without conditions, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East said today.

With Arafat's passing, Israelis and Palestinians must advance peace - UN envoy

Briefing the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East in the wake of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the senior United Nations envoy to the region urged both sides today to advance the peace process.

UN envoy, Annan condemn suicide attack in Tel Aviv market

Top United Nations officials today denounced a suicide attack of a market in Israel, which killed at least three people and wounded many more.

Secretary-General congratulates Israel's Sharon on vote in favour of Gaza pullout

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today congratulated Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel on what the UN leader described as the historic vote in the Knesset, which produced a clear majority in favour of the Israeli leader's initiative to withdraw from Gaza and parts of the northern West Bank.