Minister Cowen welcomes adoption of UN General Assembly Resolution
Ireland was among the co-sponsors of a Resolution passed by the General Assembly of the United Nations last night which demands that Israel stop and reverse the construction of the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The Resolution requests the Secretary General of the United Nations to report on compliance and leaves open the possibility of further action within the UN system.
The Resolution also condemned suicide bombings, including the recent one in Haifa, the assassination of three US personnel in Gaza and the recent intensification of extrajudicial killings by Israel, in particular the attacks in Gaza on Monday. The Minister also condemned the Gaza attacks and pointed out that the number of civilian casualties was unacceptable.
Welcoming the adoption of the Resolution by the overwhelming majority of UN members, the Minister said “It is clear that this conflict will never be resolved through military action. I call on both sides to immediately implement policies conducive to dialogue and negotiations and to live up to the commitments they undertook at the Aqaba summit in June of this year1.”
1At the Aqaba Summit on 4 June the leaders of Israel and the Palestinians accepted the International Roadmap for a Comprehensive Peace and undertook to meet their obligations under it, in the presence of US President George W. Bush.