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|Letter to Kofi Annan|
|10/17/00 at 07:19:47|
|To His Excellency Mr. Kofi Annan|
Secretary General of the United Nations
October 12, 2000
Dear Mr. Annan,
I have been following with interest your intense activities in the Middle East. Like many people, I welcomed your involvement. Now, however, I find
myself confused as to what your goals are.
We are hearing reports that you had lately brokered a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian "security" officials to be chaired by the head of the United States Central Intelligence Agency.
Is this now the role of the United Nations?
Last week, the Security Council passed Resolution 1322, which, "Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and its responsibilities under
the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949."
And yet, Israel has continued its flagrant violation of this convention, and continues to use its armed forces against the civilian population in the occupied territories.
We have not heard from you what steps you intend to take to implement this Resolution, nor the countless other Resolutions protecting the Palestinian people against their occupier,
which sit gathering dust in UN files.
Mr. Annan, there is an occupation which must end. The Security Council has said so. It is your role to seek an end to the occupation, not to arrange
meetings between "security" officials in order to make the occupation more pleasant for the occupier.
There are many people in the Middle East who are surprised that you have been rushing from capital to capital to secure the release of three Israeli
soldiers taken prisoner in Lebanon. They ask themselves why dozens of Lebanese prisoners, and hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held for long years in Israel did not motivate you to seek their release.
They wonder why you have allowed yourself, and the United Nations whose lofty Charter gives hope to millions, to be reduced to nothing more than a
Federal Express service for the Americans.
As I am sure you are aware, the United States has for years excluded you, and the whole international community from any role in the Middle East, because they claimed that they
alone know how to make peace. Because they supported only the strong, sidelined justice, scorned international law, and ignored the suffering and pleas of the Palestinian people,
we have arrived at this ugly place.
They send you in when they have failed, so that you can take the blame. I hope you will find your courage to go back to New York and stand before the world. Tell them what you know: occupation does not bring peace. Human rights abuses do not bring security. And meetings with the CIA are not a substitute for international law.
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