Kofi Annan: UN Security Council Role re Peace in Jerusalem's War
Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General and now a mediator in International conflicts through the Kofi Annan Foundation, said in an interview with Aljazeera’s journalist Teymoor Nabili that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the single most charged conflict in the world today.
Israel's actions in Gaza and defiance of the UN Security Counsel and the US government's plea for reason in favour of a peaceful and fair solution for all parties indicates an escalation of its tactics in the region.
Alon Liel, a professor of international relations at Tel Aviv University and the former head of Israel's foreign ministry, said, “The Quartet is united (UN, EU, Russia and the US) on this issue and the Quartet [of Middle East mediators] is the world. Israel is going to be internationally isolated if it persists in refusing to negotiate a fair and responsible peace with the Palestinians as well as allowing the establishment of a Palestinian State along with Israel.”
Jerusalem's Contested Ground
The politics of expropriation and settlement of the predominantly Arab east Jerusalem by the Israeli government, who illegally annexed it after the 1967 Middle East war, has been contested for 4 decades.
Tayseer Khaled, an executive committee member from the PLO, dismissed Netanyahu's comments that the peace negotiations could be put on hold for another year as "threats.”
Some have suggested Jerusalem should become an independent city state, neither Israeli nor Palestinian.
Others think the UN security counsel should be granted greater power to penalize renegade states such as Israel, Zimbabwe, North Korea, or Sudan and to protects its citizens' “right to resist an occupation, a terrorist threat or self defense [and] has to be understood in its true meaning, it cannot include the right to deliberately kill or maim civilians” - the UN definition of terrorism.
Role of the UN Security Council
On September 15, 2009, Judge Richard Goldstone and his Commission presented their 575-page Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, The Goldstone Report, to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Six months later, how closer are the parties to negotiating peace?
At a meeting in Moscow on Friday, the Quartet of Middle East mediators comprising the UN, the US, the EU and Russia, called on Israel to freeze settlement activity inline with a 2003 peace road map, which also obliged the Palestinians to take action to disarm fighters.
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