Moon contacts Netanyahu over Jerusalem violations following pressure from Egypt 18May13 May 18, 2013

MEMO-Middle East Monitor    -    17 May 2013

ban-ki-moonFollowing the demands made by Egypt’s permanent representative at the UN, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, phoned Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, asking him to halt Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque as they thwart peace efforts.

Joint efforts by Egypt’s representative at the UN, Motaz Khalil, alongside those of representatives from Libya, Lebanon, Palestine and Deputy UN Secretary General, Yan Eliasson, led Moon to phone Netanyahu.

They also asked the different UN departments to assume their responsibilities regarding the Israeli violations in Jerusalem, including settler invasions and attacks on Muslim and Christian places of worshiping. They called for Moon to move immediately.

In the presence of the Egyptian ambassador, Khalil said that the Arabic Troika delegation in the UNSC met Kodjo Menan, the head of UNSC for May. They discussed Israeli violations in Jerusalem demanding that the council assume its responsibilities in this regard.

Khalil said that they discussed the same issue with the head of the UN General Assembly.

He also said that Egypt is eagerly following up on developments in Jerusalem and the occupied Arabic lands. The Egyptian mission in the UN is currently in continuous contact with the Arabic Troika in the international organisation in order to take the necessary measures in the instance that the situation is aggravated.

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