US Ambassador to UN pays quiet visit to West Bank

Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 22:15

Ramallah: US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice paid a quiet visit to the West Bank on Thursday, a day after she gave a speech in Israel denouncing international "anti-Israel vitriol”.
Rice held closed-door meetings with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), but did not make any public statements.

Today Rice called on UN members to "replace anti-Israeli vitriol with recognition of Israel`s legitimacy and right to exist in peace and security" at a Jerusalem conference organised by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

She made no direct mention of the controversial Goldstone report on the Gaza war, which concluded that both Israel and the Palestinian territory`s Hamas rulers committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.
Officials said she discussed the report with senior Israeli leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who thanked Washington for its "vigorous opposition" to the report and its support for the Jewish state.

The UN General Assembly is expected to discuss the report by Richard Goldstone, a South African former international war crimes prosecutor, by the end of the year, after it was endorsed by the Human Rights Council.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 22:15

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