Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Nixed

The US has nixed a UN resolution "that would have condemned Israel's assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin."

The United States and Algeria could not agree yesterday on a U.N. Security Council statement that would have condemned Israel's assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin.

Delegations met Monday and yesterday to discuss a proposed text circulated by Algeria, the only Arab nation on the council, that would have the president of the Security Council condemn the killing.

Algeria withdrew the statement after the United States insisted on language in the document that also would have condemned recent terrorist activities by Hamas, U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte said.

"The essential point here was that the proponents of this statement did not want to refer to terrorism conducted by Hamas and that was the fundamental objection we had," Mr. Negroponte said


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