Monday, March 26, 2007

U.N. Chief Criticizes Israeli Military Checkpoints


GAZA, Palestine, March 25, 2007 (IPC+ Agencies) - -United Nations Sec.-Gen. Ban Ki-moon criticized the Israeli checkpoints in the Palestinian territories. In his meeting with the Israeli defense minister Amir Peretz , Ban said the number of the Israeli military checkpoint reaches 550, the biggest figure since disengagement from Gaza Strip and equal to that of 2002 when Israel launched defensive shield " offensive against west bank, Arab 48 website reported.

In this connection, Palestinian human rights group asked UN chief, who are visiting the Palestinian territories, to press on Israel to halt its aggressive acts against the Palestinian people.

In a letter passed on to Ban, the human rights groups said that the status quo in the occupied Palestinian Territories reflects a premeditated and systematic breach of the human rights international law in addition to dangerous violations of int'l humanitarian law in most cases it reaches to war crimes.

Meanwhile, UN Chief called yesterday the Palestinian government to meet the international expectations for peace and security in the Middle East.

Mr. Ban told the reporters following his meeting with the Egyptian President Mohamed Husni Mubark "I renewed my welcome with the unity gov't and wait this gov't to listen to the int'l community's expectations for peace and security in ME."

UN Chief refers to the triple conditions by the Quartet (EU, UN, USA and Russia) that the Palestinian gov't should abide with; Israel's recognition, committed to previous agreements and violence abandon.

Last week, Ban described the remarks by the Prime Minister Ismael Haneyeh regarding the right of the Palestinian people to resist the occupation by all forms as "disappointing".

The UN Secretary General said that he will not meet with the PM Haneyeh during his visit to Palestinian territories but it is scheduled to convene with the President Mahmoud Abbas and Zaid Abu Amro, foreign affair minister and Salam Fayyad, Finance Minister Sunday in Rammallah.

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