Security Council to continue consultations on request for meeting on Middle East

Following a request from Arab countries to call an immediate open meeting on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, members of the United Nations Security Council held closed-door consultations this morning and agreed to continue discussions on the matter.

Middle East: Annan hails Mitchell panel's "fair and balanced" report on crisis

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed as "fair and balanced" the report by the Sharm el-Sheikh Fact Finding Committee that looked into the causes of the present crisis in the Middle East.

UN Middle East envoy says current violence is tragic and futile, urges settlement

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process today condemned recent violence in the area and stressed that an end to the crisis would require both political progress and efforts to improve conditions facing the Palestinians.

Annan urges all parties to Middle East crisis to help end tragedy

Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in New York that the Middle East region was facing a "major crisis" and stressed that all the parties involved must work together to help "in ending the tragedy and getting back to the table."

Continuing Middle East diplomacy, UN envoy holds meetings in Damascus

Continuing his diplomatic efforts in response to recent violence in the Middle East, a top United Nations envoy held high-level meetings today in Syria.

Middle East: Warning that violence could spread, UN envoy pursues contacts

Amid growing international concern over the latest spate of Middle East violence, a top United Nations envoy met today with senior Palestinian officials and then headed for Jordan and Syria for more high-level meetings.

Middle East: need for parties to talk is critical, Annan says

Reacting to ongoing insecurity in the Middle East, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today stressed the importance of recognizing that the issues of violence, economic deprivation and the political process were interlinked and had to be tackled flexibly.

Middle East: Annan calls for urgent steps to stem violence, build confidence

Reacting to the escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for urgent steps to control the situation and bring the parties back to the negotiating table.

Ongoing Middle East violence makes need for talks ever more urgent - Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan stressed today that the ongoing Middle East violence made the need for peace talks ever more urgent and said that he continued to be in contact with all concerned parties in an effort to end clashes and resume negotiations.