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Israel Protests General Assembly Meeting on Gaza, Which PGA d'Escoto Then Postpones, at Other States' Request, He Says

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, January 8, updated -- Hours before a scheduled General Assembly meeting on Gaza called for by GA President Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, Israel's Ambassador Gabriela Shalev delivered a letter of protest to d'Escoto. Inner City Press has obtained a copy of the letter and puts it online here, and below. Subsequently, d'Escoto cancelled the meeting --

Subj: URGENT MEDIA: PGA Special Session 5.30 POSTPONED
From: [PGA spokesman at]
Sent: 1/8/2009 5:41:36 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

Note to Journalists -- The President of the General Assembly, at the request of Member States, has decided to defer the planned 5:30 PM meeting of the 10th Emergency Special Session, in light of the imminent decision of the Security Council on a resolution on the Gaza crisis.

"We will closely analyze the resolution and determine whether it is serious, and contemplates the pertinent measures – both to ensure the immediate ceasefire and the unimpeded access to the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people," said President Miguel d'Escoto this afternoon.

  In light of Amb. Shalev's letter, which argues that the meeting would be contrary to the Charter and previous GA resolution, and asks for cancellation, some now wonder which "request[s] of member states" d'Escoto was referring to. At a Thursday 1 pm press conference, d'Escoto refused to say which member states had requested the meeting. Later, Inner City Press was told that while Egypt and Indonesia were among the requesters, they later asked for postponement.

  Thursday at 8 pm, Inner City Press went to the Office of the President of the General Assembly to seek a comment on Amb. Shalev's letter. In the hall outside the PGA's office were several members of Israel's mission, who asked Inner City Press about d'Escoto's refusal to answer some questions at his press conference. The PGA was not in, but his spokesman stated that he got the letter minutes before the press conference, and does not yet have a reaction. It is unlikely the GA meeting will be held on Friday. But he provided a quote about the resolution, that it "outsources enforcement to unnamed and unaccountable member states." We read this as France and Sarkozy.

Gabriela Shalev speaks to UK's David Miliband, protest to d'Escoto not shown

  Here now is the text of Amb. Shalev's letter:

I refer to your letter, dated 7 January 2009, in which you issue a call to resume the 10th Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly.

The reconvening of the 10th Emergency Special Session represents a violation of the mandate of the General Assembly and the established procedures of the United Nations.

The invitation to convene the Emergency Special Session takes place as the Security Council is actively seized upon the current situation in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip. In fact, a draft resolution is currently being considered by the Security Council. I am confident that you are well aware that according to UN General Assembly resolution 377, emergency special sessions of the General Assembly are designed to act only when the Security Council “fails to exercise its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.” Given that the Security Council remains engaged on this matter, it is beyond the mandate of the president of the General Assembly to resume the convene such a meeting.

In addition, the 10th Emergency Special Session was initiated due to the inability of the Security Council to take action on the issue of settlements. The current situation has nothing to do with this subject matter. Furthermore, your letter notes that several Member States have requested the resumption of this emergency special session. However, no such requests were attached to your letter.
Given these aforementioned facts, Israel requests the cancellation of today’s meeting.

Allow me, Excellency, to renew to you the assurances of my highest consideration.

   Maybe now d'Escoto will answer who requested the meeting, who asked for it to be postponed, and his response to the letter above. Watch this site.

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