UN: the Year of Solidarity with Palestine won't bring anything good
UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, speaking at the opening of the latest session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, admitted that the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was a nightmare for him and the Israeli people.
The General Assembly designated 2014 as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. "The aim was to catalyse global action on the Question of Palestine in the then-promising context of direct peace negotiations brokered by the United States. Instead, the year was a grim one for Palestinians and Israelis, and all those who seek peace. Talks broke down and violence escalated," Tass cited him.
Eliasson reminded that last summer, hostilities between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza claimed the lives of nearly 2,200 Palestinians and 72 Israelis. "Today, Gaza remains a desolate place under blockade and with much human suffering," the UN Deputy Secretary-General stressed.
In late January the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) announced the suspension of work on the repair of Palestinian homes, and also warned that if $100 million is not allocated, payment of Gazans rental subsidies will be discontinued. Jan Eliasson has demanded this be prevented. "I urge donors to fulfil the pledges made at last October’s Cairo Conference for the reconstruction of Gaza," he said.
In recent months, according to Eliasson, violence also engulfed the West bank of the Jordan, including in East Jerusalem, and Israel.
Jan Eliasson has expressed regret that the parties have taken "unilateral steps that have deepened mutual distrust and distanced them from the prospect of a negotiated settlement". "I urge both parties to refrain from any action that could further exacerbate the situation and to demonstrate the necessary leadership for reaching and implementing the difficult decisions that lie ahead," he said.