Outgoing UN official says world powers curbed me from aiding Palestinians 14Sep09 September 16, 2009

by Haaretz  -  14 September 2009


Outgoing United Nations General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockman said Monday he had been restrained by leading UN members in his efforts to improve the lives of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

“My greatest frustration this year has been the Palestine situation,” the Nicaraguan said in his final address to the 192-nation assembly before passing on the one-year presidency to Libyan diplomat Ali Treki.

Treki will open the 64th assembly session on Tuesday. The body is already mired in controversies because Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi plans to attend UN meetings next week in the wake of protests against Scotland’s release last month of the Libyan bomber of Pan American Flight 103. The bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988 killed 270 people, most of them Americans.


D’Escoto Brockman, a former Sandinista foreign minister in the 1980s in Nicaragua and a Maryknoll priest, said he was urged to exercise “caution” and to give the diplomatic process in the Middle East conflict more time to work.

“Faced with this situation, I sincerely did not know what to do,” he said. “I wanted to help Palestine, but those who should supposedly have been most interested denied their support for reasons of ‘caution’ that I was incapable of understanding.”

He said he found it “disgraceful” that influential members of the UN Security Council had shown “passivity and apparently indifference” on the Israeli blockade of Gaza in the past two years.

He has criticized some western governments during his one-year tenure on issues ranging from the world economic and financial crisis to social injustice suffered by the poor.

The assembly presidency, which rotates among the world’s five regions, has been mostly a protocol position

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