Gulf States Demand UN Action on Israeli Nuclear Arms

December 15th, 2006 - by admin

The News (Pakistan) – 2006-12-15 23:23:22

KUWAIT CITY (December 14, 2006) — The head of the Gulf Cooperation Council Tuesday demanded the application of the UN charter’s Chapter Seven on Israel after its premier implied the Jewish state has nuclear weapons.

“We call for application against Israel of Chapter VII, that is to say, the imposition of sanctions,” Secretary General Abderrahman al-Attiya said in Kuwait, on the sidelines of a conference on cooperation between the GCC and Nato.

Attiya called on the United States not to apply a policy of “double standards” and to “work for the application (against Israel) of the resolutions of international legitimacy and of Chapter VII.” Chapter VII deals with action the UN Security Council might take regarding threats to the peace, breaches of the peace and acts of aggression.

As a first step, it says the council may call for member states to impose sanctions, including complete or partial interruption of economic relations and the severance of diplomatic relations. If those measures are deemed to have failed, military action can be called for. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sparked an uproar after an apparent slip of the tongue in which he for the first time listed Israel as a nuclear power.

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Tutu: Israel Refused Visas to Fact-finding Mission to Gaza Strip

(December 11, 2006) — Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu said Monday that the Israeli government’s failure to allow a UN fact-finding mission to investigate Israeli-Arab violence in the Gaza Strip was “very distressing.”

“We find the lack of co-operation by the Israeli government very distressing,” Tutu told reporters after UN officials said Israel had blocked his UN fact-finding mission from entering the Palestine Authority-controlled Gaza Strip.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said Monday that no final decision has been made.