United Nations: The United States on 29November presented the U.N. Security Council with a draft resolution backing the U.S-sponsored Annapolis conference decision to relaunch the middle-east peace process.
The draft says, “the Council endorses the programme of action for negotiations and implementation of outstanding obligations , agreed upon by the Israeli and Palestinian leadership at Annapolis, Maryland on 27November, 2007.”
The leaders of Israel and Palestine met at the Maryland state capital to revive the stagnant Middle East peace process and to set the goal of a peace agreement and a new Palestinian state by the end of 2008, under U.S. President George W. Bush’s leadership.
“The 15-member council had a good discussion and there was enormous support,” informed Zalmay Khalizad, ambassador, U.S.
He further added, “Everyone recognizes that we collectively and individually have to do what we can to be supportive, to sustain the momentum and to help the parties as they make difficult decisions to ensure that the peace process is not disrupted”.
French support for Annapolis
Speaking in support of the Annapolis, French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert said that the international community “must support the process and the dynamics of Annapolis.”
Proposed draft highlights
*It calls on all states to lend their diplomatic and political support to Israeli-Palestinian efforts to implement their agreed programme of action
*To encourage and recognize the progress
*Prevent any support for acts of violence or terrorism intended to disrupt the efforts
*Also calls on those states and international organizations which are in a position to do so to assist in the development of the Palestinian economy
Special coordinator for Middle East peace processUnited Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on 29November named the Dutch diplomat Robert Serry as his new special coordinator for the Middle East peace process.
Serry will also be Ban’s representative to the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, and to the diplomat grouping of four world powers working for Middle East peace, known as the quartet -- United States, Russia, European Union and the U.N.