Annan regrets errors of judgment in UN's handling of Middle East videotape

Making public the findings of an internal probe into the handling of a videotape filmed by United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon in the wake of the abduction of three Israeli soldiers by the Hizbollah, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed regret over "serious errors of judgement" by UN officials and pledged to take steps to preclude breakdowns in communications within the UN chain of command.

Annan orders probe into handling of videotape filmed by UN force in Lebanon

A United Nations spokesman confirmed today that Secretary-General Kofi Annan has ordered an internal investigation into the facts surrounding the handling of a videotape filmed last year by members of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) a few hours after an attack across the Blue Line in which three Israeli Defence Force soldiers had been taken captive by the Hizbollah.