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UN refugee agency appeals to Syria for release of three Iranian Arabs

Voicing “deep concern” about the fate of three Iranian Arabs being held in Syria, the United Nations refugee agency today urged their release.

UN refugee agency calls on Syria not to extradite Iranian Arab refugees

The United Nations refugee agency today called on Syria not to extradite Iranian Arabs to their homeland, reminding the Government of its obligations not to return refugees or asylum seekers to territories where their lives or freedom might be threatened due to race, religion, nationality or political opinion.

UN looks to next steps in Syria, including disarming militia in Lebanon, envoy says

The United Nations is aiming to help resolve outstanding issues between Syria and Lebanon such as the disbanding of militias and the demarcation of a border between the two countries, now that key Security Council goals for Lebanon have been met, including the holding of parliamentary elections and the withdrawal of Syrian troops, a senior UN official said today in New York.

Secretary-General 'encouraged' by Syria talks

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is encouraged by the results of talks on Syria, held between his Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larsen and Syrian President Bashar el-Assad, a UN spokesman said today.

Annan recommends extension of UN force in Golan Heights

With the situation in the Israel-Syria sector "generally quiet" but still lacking a political resolution, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today recommended that the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force there be extended for six months.

Security Council urges Syria to withdraw troops from Lebanon

The United Nations Security Council today again urged Syria to withdraw its remaining troops from neighbouring Lebanon and asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to continue reporting any progress.

Polish officer appointed new commander of UN Israel-Syria ceasefire force

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed a Polish veteran of United Nations military operations in the Middle East as the new commander of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which has been monitoring the ceasefire between Israel and Syria along the Golan Heights for nearly 30 years.

Security Council extends UN's Israel-Syria disengagement force by six months

The United Nations Security Council today extended through December the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force known as UNDOF, which was established in 1974 to monitor the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights.

Six-month extension recommended for UN's Israel-Syria disengagement force

With the situation in the Middle East still "very tense and likely to remain so" pending a comprehensive settlement, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended extending for six months the United Nations operation supervising the ceasefire between Syrian and Israeli forces.

Annan concerned that statements about Syria not further destabilize Middle East

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has voiced his concern that recent statements directed at Syria should not contribute to a wider destabilization in a region already affected heavily by the war in Iraq.