Wednesday, May 10, 2006

US backs down and accepts UN decision to provide aid to the Palestinians

+The Quartet of Middle East peace brokers has agreed on a way to channel aid to the Palestinians for a trial period to ease a financial squeeze on the new government following the election of Hamas.




The group of international mediators - the United Nations, the United States, Russia and the European Union, reached the agreement at the UN headquarters on Tuesday.

"The Quartet expressed its willingness to endorse a temporary international mechanism that is limited in scope and duration, operates with full transparency and accountability," it said.

The United States, which initially opposed a European proposal to channel aid to the Palestinians via an international mechanism such as the World Bank, said any such move would have to be limited in scope and mechanism so aid would not reach the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.

Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, told a news conference at the United Nations that "the thrust of the statement is that the international community is still trying to respond to the needs of the Palestinian people".

"It is to provide assistance to the Palestinian people so they do not suffer deprivation," she said.

Kofi Annan, the UN secretary-general, said the international mechanism to be used should begin as soon as possible and be reviewed after three months.

But the agreement seemed to underscore a concern that months of withholding aid from the Palestinians, part of an effort to press the new Hamas-led government towards a more accommodating stance with Israel, was harming the Palestinian people.

The European Union will take the lead in working out the details but has suggested in the past that the World Bank could be a suitable vehicle for getting aid to the Palestinians.

I can only assume John Bolton had a migraine and didn't turn up for the meeting. Whatever the reason, what matters most is that common sense 'appears' to have shone through. All we can do is wait and see.

12 Comments:

Blogger thepoetryman said...

Where was this sanity when children were dying in Iraq from sanctions!? Fucking hypocrits!

May 10, 2006 6:08 am  
Blogger toxic_i said...

this shit world needs a lot of fresh people like you to make it living worthy!!!!

May 10, 2006 10:11 am  
Blogger Christopher Trottier said...

This is a very stupid move.

May 10, 2006 10:50 am  
Blogger Will Powers said...

Interesting post! Waiting won't get them anywhere...

May 10, 2006 12:33 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

like they really care about the palestian children or the iraqi children. republicans don't care about anybody but themselves. they are anti-liberal. it is the liberals who actually care about other people not like ourselves. remember new orleans. liberals got out there and did something. Bush flew over it in a plane. republicans and their supporters were yelling shoot the looters. and they dare pretend to care about the law when immigration is brought up. shooting the looters is not legal. shooting somebody for stealing food from a closed down store in a time of emergency is now lawful. it is only lawful if they have a gun and pointed it at you.

i remember the propaganda from Gulf War I. remember Saddam was taking babies off life support and all that. Which was proven to be propaganda put out by the Kuwaiti royal family.

and Saddam never had any intentions of going into Saudia Arabia but that is exactly how Cheney and Rummy sold congress on war with Iraq the first time.

-Hype

May 10, 2006 8:29 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

I rememeber the babys being pulled from life support machines crap too..

blasted all over fox news and the rest of them . Turns out the ONLY witness was the daughter of one of the Kuwaiti royal family .. the asked the doctors in the hospitals after the war if it was true and they just laughed at the very idea .. to start with Kuwait didnt actually have that many life support machines in the first place ..

still as my mother always told me , A lie can work its way around the world before the truth has put its boots on

:-)

May 10, 2006 8:37 pm  
Blogger The Plumber said...

Hamas to subjects: Let them eat virgins! Palastine needs a civil war. Proping up Hamas just prolongs the inevitable.

Hype, do you foam at the mouth? Surely your are not allowed to vote are you?

If so, maybe we should bring back the literacy test.

May 11, 2006 7:48 am  
Blogger The Plumber said...

Ahh yes! Palastinian youth. They blow up so fast.

May 11, 2006 7:49 am  
Blogger Hype said...

the plumber should get back to his day job.. politics is not his subject. does the plumber understand democratic elections?

have you taken your meds today?

-Hype

May 11, 2006 2:41 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

Plumber , your pushing the limits of the post rules of this site . do NOT attack the readers and do NOT express your subtle hate speach here . There are hundreds of blogs that will be more than willing to help express your desire for the deaths of palastinans I am sure your comments will be welcome there..

Your comment has only remained due to the fact that Hype decided to reply and the fact that I know he is not going to be affected even slightly by such pathetic attacks..

do it again and you enter the void

May 11, 2006 4:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hate speech? palestinian youth what???

any idea about israeli youth ???

2 kind of youth in this area:
Israeli soldiers who carry the occupation (military service is obligetary one for every isreali turn 18 years old)
and Palestinian youth who live under occupation

i dont say attacks on israeli civilians is right but i cant see you talking about palestinian civilians have been killed every day..
the plan is bigger than anyone... and i have to admit.. israel is winning once more.. thanks to people like you are!

hey plumber.. get yourself to visit palestine & hope you will understand what you are talking about..
look at the wall.. look at the daily life of what we live down there in palestine
as a palestinian i can tell you: get some respect!!!
i cant say much cause people like you are bring me so down...

May 12, 2006 6:18 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

anonymous (sam)

we have many ignorant people come here. Please try not to let them get you angry for that is what they want you to be.

Stay at peace in your heart and such people will never hurt you.

The people who speak ill of palastinian children are not worthy of your time or your mind.

Peace

May 12, 2006 7:59 pm  

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