UN Security Council Deplores Attack Without Mentioning Israel

Posted on June 1, 2010

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UNSC Deplores Attack Without Mentioning Israel

Escrito por Yoama Chappottin Ford   
martes, 01 de junio de 2010
 
Imagen activa01 de junio de 2010, 11:40United Nations, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Security Council needed 12 hours of negotiation to deplore on Tuesday the attack of Israeli military forces against a solidarity fleet transporting humanitarian aid to Gaza, without mentioning who was responsible: the Israeli government.  The aggression occurred on Monday in international waters and was immediately repudiated by a great number of countries, governments and international organizations, but it took half a day of struggles in the UN to concrete a declaration.

Diplomatic sources indicated there were strong pressures from the United States to try to soften the tone of the condemnation to the Israeli operation which was one of the reasons of the long duration of the discussions.

The Council demanded “a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation in accordance with the international standards”, stated the text released to the press.

The declaration also calls for “the immediate release of the ships and civilians detained by Israel”.

In his first contact with the press after taking on the Council’s presidency, the Mexican ambassador to the UN Claude Heller described as serious the events occurred in international waters off the coast of Gaza.

The diplomat pointed out the importance of Israel to release those people detained during the attack to the fleet and demanded the return of the vessels to their owners and the cargo to be delivered to the population of the Palestinian territory.

Heller also urged to continue the so-called proximity talks between Israel and Palestinians have through a US mediator.

The Security Council is composed of China, Russia, United Status, Britain and France, as permanent members with the right to veto, plus Mexico, Brazil, Lebanon, Nigeria, Gabon, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Japan, Turkey and Uganda.

Before the long closed-door meeting, the organization held a public session in which the vast majority of its members deplored the Israeli attack.

One of the strongest statements was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu, who demanded an apology from Israel over its military actions.

The minister claimed those responsible to be brought before the law and described the incident as an act of piracy and barbarism, “a murder which no justification or excuse”.

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