The Israel-Gaza Dialectic – cont'd

Was John Holmes pointing the finger? Would a UN official ever do that? Well, today, the Israeli Foreign Ministry made a highly-publicized complaint directly to Holmes, in a meeting in Jerusalem. In a statement on the MFA website — which was also sent around to journalist by email, and reported in the various languages of […]

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The Israel-Gaza Dialectic

On Friday, UN’s Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, visited Gaza and expressed shock about the ‘grim and miserable’ situation there, and he said the Gaza Strip’s borders should be open. On Sunday, Holmes visited the Israeli city that has been the target of many Qassam rockets fired by Palestinians from Gaza,...

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Two new UN reports on the Palestinian situation

Haaretz’s Akiva Eldar has written this week about two new UN reports on the Palestinian situation: 1. OCHA – The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs To fully appreciate this item, a little background — Kevin Kennedy is a former U.S. Marine, who became a “star” in Kofi Annan’s UN, and whose rise co...

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UN SG BAN announces he will launch Iraq compact on 3 May in Sharm el-Sheikh

Here are excerpts from remarks made by UN SG BAN Ki-Moon at a press conference with Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey in Bern, Switzerland, this evening: “I think everybody, including myself, in the world should be very much concerned and troubled by this ongoing violence and instability in Iraq. The international community has been trying ...

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Iraq Conference pushes Iraq

At the conclusion of the Conference on Tuesday afternoon, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres ,announced that he had succeeded in negotiating with the UN to have one high-level liaison officer with international status who will be based inside Iraq, to make sure that coordination with the Iraqi Government “works properly”. T...

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Iraqi refugees to be discussed at Geneva Conference

A two-day ministerial-level humanitarian meeting will convene in Geneva on Tuesday and Wednesday to seek help for countries neighboring Iraq who are being flooded with refugees seeking shelter from the relentless violence in the country. Much of the meeting will be closed, presumably to allow government delegations to speak freely. The UN High Comm...

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Jan Pronk’s final advice to UN staff in Sudan last December

This was posted recently on Jan Pronk’s blog: “Weblog nr 41 February 25, 2007 Before my final departure from Sudan in December last year I addressed the UN staff in Khartoum and Juba. In my address I presented fifteen guidelines for peacekeepers. Several colleagues asked me to put these on paper. Here they are: First: […]

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SG BAN at African Union Summit – Darfur and Somalia on agenda

The continuing conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region is what the new UN Secretary-General BAN KI-MOON has said is his top priority at the moment, and he is in Addis Ababa to discuss this and other matters with African leaders meeting at the African Union Summit. In a keynote address at the Summit meeting on Monday, […]

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