21.1.05

Un testigo molesto

La presión de los conservadores norteamericanos sobre Kofi Annan empieza a surtir efecto. El secretario general de la ONU ha comunicado al jefe de la UNRWA (la agencia de Naciones Unidas dedicada a ayudar a los refugiados palestinos) que no podrá continuar en el puesto tras concluir su mandato.

The Guardian:

The Bush administration has blocked the reappointment of the UN's Palestinian refugee agency chief, Peter Hansen, after a campaign by conservative and Jewish groups in the US, and the government in Jerusalem which accused him of being an "Israel hater". (...)

"I was willing to stay. There are certain facts about the views of certain groups in the US and Israel about how I have carried out my functions and those groups influenced the decision not to reappoint me," he said.

El Gobierno israelí se cobra así una pieza largamente deseada.

Departing head of UN refugee agency decries conditions in Gaza as horrendous. Peter Hansen spoke out about the conditions in Gaza at a recent conference sponsored by the Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace held in East Jerusalem.