Ensure plight of
Palestinians: United Nations to Palestinian authority
March 31, 2006: A senior United Nations official has asked the Palestinian
Authority and the new Israeli government to ensure that the plight of
Palestinians does not deteriorate despite the serious differences between them.
"Despite the gulf between the parties, they and the international community
share a common interest and duty to prevent a security or humanitarian crisis in
the occupied Palestinian territory," said Tuliameni Kalomoh, UN Assistant
Secretary-General for Political Affairs.
While acknowledging Israel's security concerns, he told the Security Council
during a briefing on the Middle East yesterday that "the extended closure of
Gaza has caused real hardship." He said the government should reassess its
position if the aspirations of the Palestinian people for peace and statehood
are to enjoy the strong international support.
On the Israeli elections earlier this week, he said that it remained to be seen
whether "Israel will adhere to its stated policy that the entire Palestinian
Authority, including the Presidency, has become a terrorist entity." That policy
had recently been cited to justify a freeze on Palesti nian tax revenues, he
As the formation of a new Israeli government is awaited, the recently expressed
interest of both Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas in negotiations should be seriously
explored, he added.
Source: New Kerala.com