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BY FARHAN HAQ
ASSOCIATE SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
U.N. HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
U.N. MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS COORDINATOR CONCERNED BY HOUSE DEMOLITIONS IN EAST JERUSALEM
- The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, today said that he continues to follow with concern developments in East Jerusalem and continuing tensions in the city.
- “The approval of new units in the settlement of Pisgat Zeev, in violation of Israel’s Roadmap commitments, is wrong,” he said in a statement. “I am also concerned at reports of house demolitions today.”
- Serry’s office is monitoring closely the fate of four members of the Palestinian Legislative Council who face the threat of expulsion from the city.
- Serry added that at the current juncture, it is essential for all parties to respect international law, refrain from provocative actions, and take positive steps to build confidence and create an environment conducive to successful negotiations.
- Asked about reports of a Libyan ship heading towards Gaza, the Spokesperson recalled that the United Nations has called on all parties to act with caution, to avoid any further kind of incident following what happened on 31 May.
- He said that the United Nations has urged all those wishing to deliver goods to do so through established channels, so that their cargo can be inspected and transferred via land crossings into Gaza. The United Nations, he noted, has been helping to ensure that humanitarian goods can enter into Gaza.
- Asked about the inquiry into the 31 May incident, Haq said that the Secretary-General had discussed his proposal for an international inquiry in a telephone conversation on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.