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evenflow
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posted 28 November 2003 05:23 PM      Profile for evenflow        Edit/Delete Post
Annan: Israel Violating U.N. Resolution

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Annan: Israel Violating U.N. Resolution

Friday November 28, 2003 4:16 PM


By PRISCILLA CHEUNG

Associated Press Writer

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Friday that Israel is violating a General Assembly resolution to halt construction of barrier that juts into the West Bank and to dismantle the 90-mile section already built.

In a report to the assembly, Annan said the barrier - a network of fences, walls, razor wire and trenches - violates international law and ``could damage the longer-term prospects for peace,'' including those offered by the U.S.-backed ``road map'' plan.

``In the midst of the road map process, when each party should be making good-faith confidence-building gestures, the barrier's construction in the West Bank cannot, in this regard, be seen as anything but a deeply counterproductive act,'' Annan said.

``The placing of most of the structure on occupied Palestinian land could impair future negotiations.''

An adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Annan's remarks were ``erroneous and potentially misleading.''

``As all governments of Israel have always stated, the future territorial situation between Israel and the Palestinians will be determined by negotiations and not by creating facts on the ground,'' adviser Zalman Shoval said.

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The United States previously vetoed a Security Council resolution that would have declared the barrier illegal.


Saddam Hussein is overthrown and his country attacked and occupied for, in part, violating UN resolutions. Being guilty of also violating UN resolutions Sharon is punished as well. Israel will only receive $8.7 billion dollars in guaranteed loans per year, as opposed to the original $9 billion. Nice.


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Smith
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posted 29 November 2003 12:00 AM      Profile for Smith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I think Israel long ago stopped listening to the UN.
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beluga2
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posted 29 November 2003 12:08 AM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
And that ever-inspiring fount of deep and thoughtful wisdom, Marcus Gee, thinks that's just swell.


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Smith
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posted 29 November 2003 03:17 PM      Profile for Smith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Well, despicable as Gee is, I think he has a point. Not that the UN has no reason to pass resolutions against Israel's behaviour, but the focus does seem rather disproportionate. And I am sorry the resolution about the suffering of Israeli children had to be withdrawn.
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beluga2
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posted 29 November 2003 05:59 PM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
According to this letter in today's Glob, there was a compromise put forward condemning ALL violence against children in the Middle East, at which point Israel withdrew its resolution. Hmmmm...

I agree that the focus on Israel is disproportionate, but that doesn't speak so much to Israel being "treated unfairly" as it does to atrocities in other countries being unfairly ignored. Israel deserves every ounce of criticism it gets at the UN; the fact that other, less-publicized crimes get less attention doesn't mitigate Israel's guilt one iota, no matter how hard the likes of Gee try to imply that it does.

I'd be the last one to say the UN is a flawless organization; the mere existence of the veto power precludes that. Don't expect any Security Council resolutions condemning, say, Russian atrocities in Chechnya any time soon, for obvious reasons.


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