Settlements obstacle to peace: UN

UN's Feltman expresses gratitude for Turkey’s donation of $850,000 for fuel for essential health and sanitation services in Gaza.

Settlements obstacle to peace: UN

World Bulletin/News Desk

Israel's settlement activity is "an obstacle to peace and against international law," United Nations Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said on Tuesday. 

Clashes between Palestinians and settlers are ongoing, Felman reminded at the Security Council Briefing on the Middle East.

Feltman expressed gratitude for Turkey’s donation of $850,000 for the purchase of fuel to generate electricity for essential health and sanitation services in Gaza, to be managed with United Nations assistance.   

Turkey has offered humanitarian assistance worth $850 thousand to the impoverished Gaza Strip where the supply of basic needs is a serious problem, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement.

The aid from the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) aims "to supply oil for the generators of hospitals and waste water pumping stations in the region in cooperation with the UN and Palestine," according to the statement.

"While longer-term engagement will be needed to address structural issues afflicting service provision to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, this is a welcome stop-gap measure to provide a safety net and mitigate the humanitarian situation in Gaza," said Feltman. 

Turkey will also send 10 thousand tonnes of flour to the emergency food assistance of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Touching on the Syrian issue, Felman said the Secretary General continues to insist that Syria can only secure peace through an inclusive and Syrian-led political process.

Noting efforts to convene the Geneva conference in mid-November, Feltman said they hope Syrians in the region and across the world will come to a common vision for a political solution soon.

"With a political process, however difficult it will be, there is hope that a new Syria will emerge. Without it, there is little on the horizon but the further destruction of Syria and the further destabilization of the region as a result of this conflict."

Last Mod: 23 Ekim 2013, 13:37
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