President of UN GA on Gaza: ”it's a monstrosity“
Update 10 Jan 2009: As the death toll in Gaza passes 800, including 257 children, the impotence of the UN is breathtaking clear.
Israel has decided to ignore the Security Council Resolution, as it has many times before, that demands an immediate ceasefire. It took 13 days, due to the US veto, for the resolution to be hammered out. It was passed by the 15-member body on Thursday with 14 votes in favour and the US abstaining....
For the people of Gaza the monstrosity continues.
The U.N. General Assembly is the body that represents all 192 countries in the UN.
As the death toll in Gaza soared past 500 and the UN Security Council again failed to agree on a response to Israel's ground offensive launched in Gaza, due the US veto, the President of the U.N. General Assembly stepped forward and said:
"I think it's a monstrosity; there's no other way to name it,"Miguel D'escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua said Saturday when asked about the Israeli incursion launched just hours before.
"Once again, the world is watching in dismay the disfunctionality of the Security Council."
He followed up by saying:
Referring to the US and he
...blamed the weeklong violence in Gaza on the "unfulfilled resolutions of the Security Council," referring to the 1967 resolution that called for lasting peace in the Middle East after the Arab-Israeli War.
CNN's Richard Roth described the statements as unprecedented or extremely rare appearance before the microphone. He said it was extremely unusual to have the President of the U.N. General Assembly entering the diplomatic fray.
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