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.