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Israels restrictions violate its international obligations UN envoy says

During a meeting held in the Foreign Minister’s Tel Aviv office, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, referred in particular to the blockage this morning of a convoy of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which was trying to reach the south of Gaza.Describing that incident, a UN spokesman in New York said UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen had been blocked at an Israeli check point for an hour and a half as he was on his way from Gaza to the Khan Yunis and Rafah refugee camps “to get a first-hand look at the recent damage from the fighting which took place there.”Spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters that Mr. Hansen and his party “were eventually allowed to proceed after UN staff contacted officials at the highest level at Israeli Ministry of Defence in Tel Aviv.”In his meeting with the Foreign Minister later that day, Mr. Roed-Larsen stressed the critical importance of UNRWA’s work and expressed his full support for the efforts of its Commissioner-General.The discussion covered a range of issues, including security questions, political issues, the economic crisis in the Palestinian territories and the humanitarian situation.Foreign Minister Peres invited Commissioner-General Hansen and Mr. Roed-Larsen to meet with him tomorrow to discuss a full range of issues related to humanitarian access.Reached by phone in Gaza, a spokesman for Mr. Roed-Larsen told the UN News Service that the meeting would take place. read more

At UN Egypt urges comprehensive approach to achieve Middle East peace

Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Thursday that the recent war in Lebanon, in addition to causing untold devastation, has demonstrated that military might cannot impose a political solution. “It has also proven that the solution lies in ending the occupation and in negotiating a just political settlement that will eliminate the feelings of enmity and replace them with relations of cooperation and peaceful co-existence,” he said.He welcomed the adoption of Security Council resolution 1701 ending the war in Lebanon, but said this first step in the right direction “will remain incomplete and will not enjoy success without dealing with the core of the conflict in the region, namely the Arab-Israeli conflict.”Warning that this conflict “carries the seeds of a conflagration that could go beyond the region,” he called for global efforts to address its root causes.For its part, he said Egypt is working to improve the security situation between the Palestinians and the Israelis “through direct engagement with both parties.”The Foreign Minister also spoke directly to the citizens of Israel. “We assure the Israeli people that there is a path other than that of violence and counter-violence, and that the Arab world is ready to accept them as neighbours an a part of the region within a comprehensive peace agreement that transcends the suffering of the past, preserves the interests of the peoples of the region and assures Arabs and Israelis of a life in safety, security and cooperation.” read more

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