General Assembly considers draft resolution on Israeli attacks at Beit Hanoun

The United Nations General Assembly today met in emergency session to consider a draft resolution that would call for a United Nations fact-finding mission to the Middle East to examine recent Israeli attacks at Beit Hanoun, where 19 people died following a raid last week.

General Assembly deplores Israeli raids in Gaza, sends mission to Beit Hanoun

Deeply deploring the recent Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip, the General Assembly this evening urged Israel to withdraw its troops and called for the dispatch of a fact-finding mission to Beit Hanoun, where last week 19 Palestinian civilians were killed following an Israeli raid.

Top UN envoy says only dialogue with all parties in the Middle East will bring peace

Warning that “crisis and opportunity” exist side-by-side every day in the Middle East, the top United Nations envoy for peace in the region told the Security Council today that only simultaneous dialogue with all parties in the conflict will bring a lasting end to the bloodshed.

Israel and Hizbollah committed major violations during the recent conflict: UN experts

Criticizing violations of human rights and humanitarian law by both Israel and Hizbollah in the recent 34-day conflict in Lebanon, four independent United Nations rights experts today called for further investigations to determine whether war crimes were committed.

Security Council and others must rise to their ‘responsibilities’ in the Middle East: Annan

Lamenting the Security Council’s failure to bring lasting peace to the Middle East, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the 15-member body to work closely with all its partners in the region so they can all rise to their “responsibilities,” warning of a possible irreversible strategic setback if the situation for Palestinians does not improve.

At UN meeting, Quartet hopes new Palestinian government leads to renewed engagement

A high-level meeting at the United Nations of key international partners in the Middle East peace process today welcomed efforts to form a Palestinian national unity government in the hope that it would commit to non-violence and recognize Israel’s right to exist, thus allowing for renewed engagement.

Quartet to meet next week to discuss latest Palestinian situation – Annan

Following an agreement between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas on forming a unity Government, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East, which includes the United Nations, will meet next week to discuss these developments and possible ways to provide humanitarian assistance to the occupied territory.

Middle East problems expected to top Security Council agenda in September

The crises and problems of the Middle East will be at the forefront of a busy Security Council programme this month, Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece, which holds the Council presidency for September, said today as he outlined the 15-member body’s schedule.

UN official paints grim picture of Palestinian situation; urges renewed international effort

Briefing the Security Council today on the situation of Palestinians in the Middle East, the top United Nations political officer painted a grim picture of developments over the past 12 months, warning that the vision of Israel and Palestine living peacefully side-by-side has slipped “further away,” and stressing the need for a renewed international effort in the region.

Annan welcomes signs that Middle East cessation of hostilities seems to be holding

Expressing relief that the cessation of hostilities in Lebanon and northern Israel “appears to be generally holding” since it began earlier today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on all sides in the recent conflict in the region to act quickly to consolidate progress and then convert it into a durable ceasefire.