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01-04-2009, 12:50 AM
The United Nations Security Council ended its meeting late on Saturday without reaching an agreement on a statement on the situation in the Gaza Strip, the French ambassador says.
The meeting was called in New York after Israeli tanks and troops crossed into the Gaza strip targeting Hamas militants in a bid to stop rocket attacks on Israel. Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed in days of heavy Israeli air bombardment of the Hamas-controlled zone.
The consultations that began in New York at 7pm on Saturday (11am AEDT Sunday) were the Security Council's third since the conflict erupted on December 27. The 15-member world body has faced criticism from Arab states who say it has not done enough to stop Israel's military offensive in Gaza. The Security Council last Sunday adopted a non-binding resolution calling for a halt to all military activities in Gaza.
01-04-2009, 12:51 AM
Libya on Wednesday presented a draft resolution from the Arab League to a UN Security Council emergency meeting, calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.
However, the resolution made no mention of the ongoing Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli territory that Israel said prompted its retaliatory offensive against Gaza.
Of course not....
British and American ambassadors to the United Nations said the draft resolution seemed too partial at first reading. As Israel's closest ally, Washington has regularly vetoed Security Council resolutions it sees as too critical of the Jewish state.
Look for that to change when the Great Appeaser™ takes office
Earlier on Saturday in Cairo, Arab League chief Amr Moussa accused the Security Council of "ignoring" Israel's onslaught on Gaza, saying the delay in agreeing on a resolution was proof of failure to handle the conflict.
It took you this long to work out that the UN is about as much use as feet on a fish?
"The continuation of ... the international community and the Security Council ignoring this situation is a very dangerous thing," he told reporters at a press conference in the pan-Arab organisation's Cairo headquarters.
"We see that its not convening is a clear proof of failure in dealing with this huge crisis and allowing Israel an opportunity," he said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged an immediate end to Israel's ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, his press office says. Mr Ban "called for an immediate end to the ground operation, and asked that Israel do all possible to ensure the protection of civilians and that humanitarian assistance is able to reach those in need," his office said in a statement on Saturday.
Israel's response was to moon Moon
Mr Ban spoke earlier in the day to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and "conveyed his extreme concern and disappointment", said the statement. "He is convinced and alarmed that this escalation will inevitably increase the already heavy suffering of the affected civilian populations."
Mr Ban said the developments "complicate the efforts" of Middle East peace negotiators and others to end the bloodshed. "The Secretary-General reiterates his call for an immediate cessation of all violence, and urges regional and international partners to exert all possible influence to bring about an immediate end to the bloodshed and suffering," the statement said.
Go tell it to HAMAS.
01-06-2009, 12:12 PM
The good news is that if Hamas were winning, they wouldn't be asking for a cease-fire. This means that they're getting their asses kicked.
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