Despite the strong position taken by the International Court of Justice in the Hague in its July 2004 Advisory Opinion on The Wall, it seems that the idea of Walls has come into fashion. The Saudis are building a high-tech one to keep Iraqis out. The U.S. proposed to wall off its border with Mexico. And so on.
Nearly three years after the ICJ ruling, the UN SG announced today the appointment of three international experts to begin establishing a register of damage that has been caused by the Construction of the Wall in the occupied Palestinian territory. The appointees are Harumi Hori of Japan, Matti Paavo PellonpÃ¤Ã¤ from Finland and Michael F. Raboin of the United States. Work will begin on the Register of Damages at the UN Office in Vienna on 14 May. The UN Spokesperson told journalists that “The Board has the overall responsibility for the establishment and maintenance of the Register of Damage. As a policymaking organ, the Board would establish the rules and regulations governing the work of the office of the Register of Damage, determine eligibility criteria, categories of damage and the procedure of registration of claims, and have the ultimate authority in determining the inclusion of damage claims in the Register of Damage”.