Thursday, September 29, 2011

WCC calls on UN to deal correctly with Palestinian bid

GENEVA, Sept 29 (KUNA) -- The World Council of Churches (WCC) said on Thursday that Palestine's request to be a full member of the UN must be considered in light of numerous resolutions passed at the UN Security Council and General Assembly, supporting a two-state solution.
According to the WCC, "they are the basis for a peace not yet established in a conflict which is also constantly influencing other conflicts in the world. It is now a unique opportunity for the UN to take important decisions to fulfill its role and mandate according to the UN Charter, to make peace with justice prevail between Israelis and Palestinians, and with their neighbours.
"We are now watching to see if peace and justice will be served in how the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly process the application of Palestine to become a full member state of the UN," said the WCC in a press release.
"The announcement in Israel of plans to build 1,100 more housing units on occupied territory is a stark reminder of why sober deliberation, genuine courage and responsible action by the United Nations are necessary," said the WCC.
"The United Nations is the voice of the international community in this dispute, a voice that has been raised many times to lay out the basis for an equitable peace between two states.
"Negotiations should not be seen as an alternative to the UN acceptance of the Palestinian application for membership. Different initiatives to build stability in the region should go hand in hand".

WCC calls on UN to deal correctly with Palestinian bid