UN to Charge Israel for Fence
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in Ramallah on Monday the United Nations is establishing a register of property damage caused by the security fence, as hundreds of Palestinians protested the barrier outside the Palestinian Authority’s Mukata compound in Ramallah.
“We have also been asked to establish a register to register damages and claims and that is going ahead,” he said. “In fact, I had a chance to discuss it this morning with President Abbas. And we are establishing that register to be able in time to help those with claims.”
Annan said the UN position on the barrier was clear, reflecting an anti-barrier resolution passed by the General Assembly and an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice that found it to be illegal.
Addressing the dignitaries assembled at the ceremony, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that the world’s main task now is to prevent a repetition of the Holocaust anywhere. “Today our most fundamental task is to remember those who perished. But our work of remembrance is part of our yearning for wisdom. The UN has the sacred responsibility to fight hatred and intolerance.
“A United Nations that fails to be at the forefront of the fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of racism denies its history and undermines its future,” he told the dignitaries, bundled in winter coats on a cloudy, chilly Jerusalem night for the outdoor ceremony. “Let this museum stand as a testimony that we are striving for a better path,” Annan said.