Pascoe: J’lem status must be resolved in peace talks

At Security Council session on Middle East, UN Under-secretary General for Political Affairs calls firing of phosphorus shells "worrying escalation."

By JORDANA HORN
November 24, 2010 04:38
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B. Lynn Pascoe

Lynn Pascoe. (photo credit: Courtesy)

NEW YORK – Addressing the UN Security Council in a session on the Middle East, Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe emphasized the hope for a return to Israeli-Palestinian talks as “crucially important.”

Pascoe cited regional consultations with the League of Arab States, as well as efforts by Egyptian and American interlocutors to encourage diplomacy between the two sides.

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Calling the firing of four phosphorous mortar shells into Israel a “worrying escalation,” Pascoe said the UN continues to condemn rocket fire and that it must cease, but urged all parties “to show calm and restraint and respect international humanitarian law.”

“I reiterate my deep concern at all armed activity which puts civilians in danger, or is aimed at civilian populations,” he said.

Pascoe said the UN’s priority is to rebuild the Gazan economy in the framework of full implementation of Security Council Resolution 1860, which was intended to resolve the 2008-2009 war in Gaza. Pascoe called on Israel to facilitate the Palestinian ability to export goods, to move freely and to obtain construction materials.

Pascoe also reiterated a call for the release of Gilad Schalit.


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