Israel: Ban Ki-moon deplores suicide bombing; urges Palestinians to stop further attacks

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned in the strongest possible terms the Palestinian suicide bombing which killed three people and wounded another at a bakery in the Israeli town of Eilat and called for swift action by Palestinian security forces to prevent threatened further attacks.

World cannot afford another year like 2006 in Middle East and Lebanon: UN official

Warning the Security Council that the world cannot afford another year like 2006 in the Middle East and Lebanon, the top United Nations political officer today called for a “resumed political process” between Israel and the Palestinians, adding that solutions are also urgently needed in Lebanon, where more clashes occurred in the capital Beirut.

Two new Force Commanders to head UN missions in Golan Heights and Lebanon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named two generals with United Nations peacekeeping experience as the new Force Commanders for the world body’s operations in the Golan Heights and Lebanon.

Issuing grim warning on Middle East, Annan calls for ‘new and urgent push for peace’

Warning that tensions in the Middle East are near their breaking point, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for a “new and urgent push for peace” from all sides, including the international community, lest the people of the region be consigned to new depths of suffering and grief.

Security Council stresses need to ‘intensify efforts’ to bring peace to the Middle East

Efforts to bring peace to the Middle East must be intensified, emergency assistance should be provided to Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories and the goal of Israel and Palestine “living side-by-side in peace and security,” should be upheld, the Security Council said today.

Welcoming Gaza ceasefire, Security Council urges end to all terrorism and violence

Welcoming the recent ceasefire in Gaza, members of the United Nations Security Council today called for an end to all aspects of violence and terrorism throughout the region, the President of the 15-member body said.

General Assembly urges Middle East sides to extend truce to West Bank

Under the terms of one of a series of resolutions on the Middle East passed by large majorities today, the United Nations General Assembly welcomed the recent Palestinian truce initiative and its acceptance by Israel, and urged both sides to maintain and extend it to the West Bank.

UN human rights chief holds talks with Israeli officials in Jerusalem

The top United Nations human rights official held talks today with senior Israeli judges and a government minister as she continued her five-day visit to the country and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the wake of the rising violence there in recent weeks.

UN human rights chief witnesses Palestinian rocket attack on Israeli town

Visiting the southern Israeli town which has been subject to almost daily rocket attacks from Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, the top United Nations human rights official today saw the impact of such strikes first-hand when a rocket exploded a few hundred yards away from her.

Middle East is single greatest challenge facing world – UN Deputy Secretary-General

The conflict in the Middle East is the single biggest challenge facing the world and must be solved with a comprehensive settlement that covers all its various elements, from the war in Iraq to the political situation in Lebanon to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, United Nations Deputy Secretary Mark Malloch-Brown said today.