Annan deplores rocket attack from Lebanon into Israel

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today deplored the recent firing of Katyusha rockets from Lebanon into the Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona and called on all parties to forestall a rise in tension.

UN, as part of diplomatic Quartet, welcomes upcoming Palestinian elections

The diplomatic Quartet made up of the United Nations, United States, Russian Federation and European Union today welcomed the upcoming Palestinian Legislative Council elections as a positive step toward consolidation of Palestinian democracy and the goal of a two-State solution to the Middle East conflict.

Israeli grant to UNDP/PAPP to develop Gaza Strip sites evacuated by Israelis

With a $25 million grant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Israeli government made its first donation to a UN agency that will give the Palestinian territories an economic boost following Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied Gaza Strip.

Mandate of UN observer force in Golan Heights extended for another six months

Noting “the very tense situation in the Middle East,” the Security Council today extended for six months the mandate of the long-running United Nations peacekeeping force observing the ceasefire between Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights.

Despite missed deadline, Quartet peace plan still valid: UN envoy

With only 10 days left before the expiration of the original deadline of the Middle East Diplomatic Quartet’s so-called Road Map peace plan for a final and settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a top United Nations official stressed today that the plan is still the agreed framework for reaching a lasting peace in the Middle East.

Security Council demands full Syrian cooperation in probe into Hariri murder

Voicing “extreme concern” that Syria has not yet provided full and unconditional cooperation to the United Nations inquiry into the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the Security Council today unanimously demanded that the Syrian Government respond “unambiguously and immediately” in all necessary areas of the probe.

UN brings Israeli, Palestinian law officials together to fight drug trafficking

Bridging the divide on both sides of the Middle East conflict, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has brought together senior officials from Israel and the Palestinian Authority to discuss cooperation on combating drug trafficking and related criminal activities.

UNESCO condemns assassination of Lebanese newspaper editor Tueni

Continuing its campaign against the killing of journalists, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the car bomb attack in Beirut that killed four people including Gebran Tueni, the publisher and editor of the Lebanese newspaper An Nahar.

Lebanon request to broaden Hariri murder probe will go to Security Council, Annan says

Secretary-General Kofi Annan told journalists in New York today that he has discussed with Lebanon’s leaders the possibility of expanding the United Nations independent investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to include other murders, and that the Security Council would have to take a decision on the matter.

New evidence points to Syrian involvement in Hariri murder – UN report

Latest evidence reinforces preliminary findings of both Lebanese and Syrian involvement in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, according to a new United Nations report citing burned Syrian documents, pressure on a witness to recant and the need for Damascus to be more forthcoming.