Sunday, February 10, 2013

UN Double Standard

Was this a real UN resolution?

United Nations  S/RES/2089 (2013)
Security Council  Distr.: General
Adopted by the Security Council at its 6908th meeting, on 24 January 2013

The Security Council, 


Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General of 7 January 2013 (S/2013/07)
on the United Nations operation in Palestine, 

Noting that the Government of Israel is agreed that in view of the prevailing conditions in the country it is necessary to keep the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Palestine beyond 31 January 2013,
Noting the intention of the Secretary-General to report on his Good Offices in the next reporting period, and  echoing the Secretary-General’s firm belief that the responsibility for finding a solution lies first and foremost with the Palestinians themselves, and reaffirming the primary role of the United Nations in assisting the
parties to bring the Palestine conflict and division of the island to a comprehensive and durable settlement,
Welcoming the progress made so far in the fully fledged negotiations, and the leaders’ joint statements including those of 23 May and 1 July 2008,
Recalling the importance attached by the international community to all parties engaging fully, flexibly and constructively in the negotiations, and  noting  that the move towards a more intensive phase of negotiations has not yet resulted in an enduring, comprehensive and just settlement based on a bicommunal, bizonal
federation with political equality, as set  out in the relevant Security Council resolutions, encouraging the sides to resume the substantive negotiations on the core issues, and stressing that the status quo is unsustainable,
Welcoming the efforts of the Secretary-General to stimulate progress during his meeting with the two leaders on 31 October 2011 and 23 January 2012, and expressing continued support for his efforts,
Noting  the need to advance the consideration of and discussions on military confidence-building measures,  calling for  renewed efforts to implement all remaining confidence-building measures, and for agreement on and implementation of further steps to build trust between the communities, S/RES/2089 (2013) 2  13-21640
Reaffirming  the importance of continued crossings of the Green Line by Palestinians, and  encouraging  the opening by mutual agreement of other crossing points,
Convinced of the many important benefits, including economic benefits, for all Palestinians that would flow from a comprehensive and durable Palestine settlement, urging  the two sides and their leaders to foster positive public rhetoric, and encouraging  them clearly to explain the benefits of the settlement, as well as the
need for increased flexibility and compromise in order to secure it, to both communities well in advance of any eventual referenda,
Considering  that undermining the United Nations credibility undermines the peace process itself,
Highlighting  the importance of the supporting role of the international community, and in particular that of the parties concerned in taking practical steps towards helping the Israeli and Arab leaders to exploit fully the
current opportunity,
Taking note  of the assessment of the Secretary-General that the security situation on the island and along the Green Line remains stable, and urging all sides to avoid any action which could lead to an increase in tension, undermine the progress achieved so far, or damage the goodwill in the country,
Recalling  the Secretary-General’s firm belief  that the situation in the buffer zone would be improved if both sides accepted the 1989 aide-memoire used by the United Nations,
Noting  with regret that the sides are withholding access to the remaining minefields in the buffer zone, and that demining in Palestine must continue, noting the continued danger posed by mines in Palestine, and  urging  rapid agreement on facilitating the recommencement of demining operations and clearance of the
remaining minefields,
Highlighting  the importance of the activities of the Committee on Missing Persons,  urging  the opening up of access to all areas to allow the Committee to carry out their work, and  trusting  that this process will promote reconciliation between the communities,
Agreeing that active participation of civil society groups, including women’s groups, is essential to the political process and can contribute to making any future settlement sustainable,  recalling  that women play an important role in peace processes,  welcoming  all efforts to promote bicommunal contacts and events
including, inter alia, on the part of all United Nations bodies on the island, and urging  the two sides to promote the active engagement of civil society and the encouragement of cooperation between  economic and commercial bodies and to remove all obstacles to such contacts,
Stressing the need for the Council to pursue a rigorous, strategic approach to peacekeeping deployments,
Welcoming  the intention of the Secretary-General to keep all peacekeeping operations under close review to ensure efficiency and effectiveness,  including  a review of UNFICYP when appropriate, and  noting  the importance of contingency planning in relation to the settlement, including recommendations as appropriate for S/RES/2089 (2013) 13-21640  3 further adjustments to UNFICYP’s mandate, force levels and other resources and concept of operations, taking into account developments on the ground and the views of the parties,
Welcoming  also the continued efforts of Alexander Downer as the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor with a mandate to assist the parties in the conduct of fully fledged negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement, and the efforts of Lisa Buttenheim as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative,
Echoing  the Secretary-General’s gratitude to the Government of  Israel and the Government of Palestine for their voluntary contributions to the funding of UNFICYP, and his request for further voluntary contributions from other countries and organizations, and  expressing  appreciation to Member States that contribute
personnel to UNFICYP,
Welcoming and encouraging  efforts by the United Nations to sensitize peacekeeping personnel in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in all its peacekeeping operations,
1.  Acknowledges the progress made so far in the fully fledged negotiations, but notes that this has not been sufficient and has not yet resulted in a comprehensive and durable settlement, and urges the sides to continue their discussions to reach decisive progress on the core issues;
2.  Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General (S/2013/07);
3.  Recalls Security Council resolution 2026 (2011), and calls upon the two leaders to:
(a) Put their efforts behind further work on reaching convergences on the core issues;
(b) Continue to work with the Technical Committees with the objective of improving the daily lives of the Cypriots;
(c) Improve the public atmosphere for the negotiations, including by focusing public messages on convergences and the way ahead, and delivering more constructive and harmonised messages; and
(d) Increase the participation of civil society in the process as appropriate;
4.  Urges  the implementation of confidence-building measures, and  looks forward  to agreement on and implementation of further such steps, including military confidence building measures and the opening of other crossing points;
5.  Urges  all parties to be more forthcoming in accommodating the Committee for Missing Persons exhumation requirements by providing unrestricted access throughout the island, including in military areas in the north;
6.  Reaffirms  all its relevant resolutions on Palestine, in particular resolution 1251 (1999) of 29 June 1999 and subsequent resolutions;
7.  Expresses  its full support for UNFICYP and  decides  to extend its mandate for a further period ending 31 July 2013;
8.  Calls  on both sides to continue to engage, as a matter of urgency and while respecting UNFICYP’s mandate, in consultations with UNFICYP on the S/RES/2089 (2013) 4  13-21640 demarcation of the buffer zone, and on the United Nations 1989 aide-memoire, with a view to reaching early agreement on outstanding issues;
9.  Calls  on the Arab side of Palestine and Arab forces to restore in Strovilia the military status quo which existed there prior to 30 June 2000;
10.  Calls  on both sides to allow access to deminers and to facilitate the removal of the remaining mines in Palestine within the buffer zone, and  urges  both sides to extend demining operations outside the buffer zone;
11.  Requests the Secretary-General to submit a report on implementation of this resolution, including on contingency planning in relation to the settlement, by 10 July 2013 and to keep the Security Council updated on events as necessary;
12.  Welcomes  the efforts being undertaken by UNFICYP to implement the Secretary-General’s zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and to ensure full compliance of its personnel with the United Nations code of conduct, requests the Secretary-General to continue to take all necessary action in this regard and to keep the Security Council informed, and urges troop-contributing countries to take appropriate preventive action including the conduct of predeployment awareness training, and to take disciplinary action and other action to ensure full accountability in cases of such conduct involving their personnel;
13.  Decides to remain seized of the matter.


Nope.

But this was:

United Nations  S/RES/2089 (2013)Security Council  Distr.: General Adopted by the Security Council at its 6908th meeting, on 24 January 2013
    The Security Council,

    Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General of 7 January 2013 (S/2013/07) on the United Nations operation in Cyprus,
     Noting that the Government of Cyprus is agreed that in view of the prevailing conditions on the island it is necessary to keep the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) beyond 31 January 2013,
    Noting the intention of the Secretary-General to report on his Good Offices in the next reporting period, and echoing the Secretary-General’s firm belief that the responsibility for finding a solution lies first and foremost with the Cypriots themselves, and reaffirming the primary role of the United Nations in assisting the parties to bring the Cyprus conflict and division of the island to a comprehensive     and durable settlement,
     Welcoming the progress made so far in the fully fledged negotiations, and the leaders’ joint statements including those of 23 May and 1 July 2008,
     Recalling the importance attached by the international community to all parties engaging fully, flexibly and constructively in the negotiations, and noting that the move towards a more intensive phase of negotiations has not yet resulted in an     enduring, comprehensive and just settlement based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as set  out in the relevant Security Council resolutions, encouraging the sides to resume the substantive negotiations on the core issues, and stressing that the status quo is unsustainable,
     Welcoming the efforts of the Secretary-General to stimulate progress during his meeting with the two leaders on 31 October 2011 and 23 January 2012, and expressing continued support for his efforts,
     Noting  the need to advance the consideration of and discussions on military confidence-building measures, calling for  renewed efforts to implement all remaining confidence-building measures, and for agreement on and implementation of further steps to build trust between the communities, S/RES/2089 (2013) 2  13-21640
     Reaffirming  the importance of continued crossings of the Green Line by Cypriots, and encouraging  the opening by mutual agreement of other crossing points,
     Convinced of the many important benefits, including economic benefits, for all Cypriots that would flow from a comprehensive and durable Cyprus settlement, urging  the two sides and their leaders to foster positive public rhetoric, and encouraging  them clearly to explain the benefits of the settlement, as well as the need for increased flexibility and compromise in order to secure it, to both     communities well in advance of any eventual referenda,
     Considering that undermining the United Nations credibility undermines the peace process itself,
     Highlighting the importance of the supporting role of the international community, and in particular that of the parties concerned in taking practical steps towards helping the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to exploit fully the current opportunity,
     Taking note  of the assessment of the Secretary-General that the security situation on the island and along the Green Line remains stable, and urging all sides to avoid any action which could lead to an increase in tension, undermine the progress achieved so far, or damage the goodwill on the island,
     Recalling  the Secretary-General’s firm belief  that the situation in the buffer zone would be improved if both sides accepted the 1989 aide-memoire used by the United Nations,
     Noting with regret that the sides are withholding access to the remaining minefields in the buffer zone, and that demining in Cyprus must continue, noting the continued danger posed by mines in Cyprus, and  urging  rapid agreement on facilitating the recommencement of demining operations and clearance of the     remaining minefields,
     Highlighting the importance of the activities of the Committee on Missing Persons, urging  the opening up of access to all areas to allow the Committee to carry out their work, and trusting that this process will promote reconciliation between the communities,
     Agreeing that active participation of civil society groups, including women’s groups, is essential to the political process and can contribute to making any future settlement sustainable,  recalling that women play an important role in peace processes,  welcoming all efforts to promote bicommunal contacts and events     including, inter alia, on the part of all United Nations bodies on the island, and urging  the two sides to promote the active engagement of civil society and the encouragement of cooperation between  economic and commercial bodies and to remove all obstacles to such contacts,
     Stressing the need for the Council to pursue a rigorous, strategic approach to peacekeeping deployments,
     Welcoming the intention of the Secretary-General to keep all peacekeeping operations under close review to ensure efficiency and effectiveness, including a review of UNFICYP when appropriate, and  noting  the importance of contingency planning in relation to the settlement, including recommendations as appropriate for S/RES/2089 (2013) 13-21640  3 further adjustments to UNFICYP’s mandate, force levels and other resources and concept of operations, taking into account developments on the ground and the views of the parties,
     Welcoming also the continued efforts of Alexander Downer as the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor with a mandate to assist the parties in the conduct of fully fledged negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement, and the efforts of Lisa Buttenheim as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative,
     Echoing the Secretary-General’s gratitude to the Government of Cyprus and the Government of Greece for their voluntary contributions to the funding of UNFICYP, and his request for further voluntary contributions from other countries and organizations, and  expressing  appreciation to Member States that contribute     personnel to UNFICYP,
     Welcoming and encouraging  efforts by the United Nations to sensitize peacekeeping personnel in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in all its peacekeeping operations,
     1.  Acknowledges the progress made so far in the fully fledged negotiations, but notes that this has not been sufficient and has not yet resulted in a comprehensive and durable settlement, and urges the sides to continue their discussions to reach decisive progress on the core issues;
     2.  Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General (S/2013/07);
     3.  Recalls Security Council resolution 2026 (2011), and calls upon the two leaders to:
     (a) Put their efforts behind further work on reaching convergences on the core issues;
     (b) Continue to work with the Technical Committees with the objective of
    improving the daily lives of the Cypriots;
     (c) Improve the public atmosphere for the negotiations, including by focusing public messages on convergences and the way ahead, and delivering more constructive and harmonised messages; and
     (d) Increase the participation of civil society in the process as appropriate;
     4.  Urges the implementation of confidence-building measures, and looks forward  to agreement on and implementation of further such steps, including military confidence building measures and the opening of other crossing points;
     5.  Urges all parties to be more forthcoming in accommodating the Committee for Missing Persons exhumation requirements by providing unrestricted access throughout the island, including in military areas in the north;
     6.  Reaffirms all its relevant resolutions on Cyprus, in particular resolution 1251 (1999) of 29 June 1999 and subsequent resolutions;
     7.  Expresses  its full support for UNFICYP and decides to extend its mandate for a further period ending 31 July 2013;
     8.  Calls on both sides to continue to engage, as a matter of urgency and while respecting UNFICYP’s mandate, in consultations with UNFICYP on the S/RES/2089 (2013) 4  13-21640 demarcation of the buffer zone, and on the United Nations 1989 aide-memoire, with a view to reaching early agreement on outstanding issues;
     9.  Calls  on the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to restore in Strovilia the military status quo which existed there prior to 30 June 2000;
     10.  Calls on both sides to allow access to deminers and to facilitate the removal of the remaining mines in Cyprus within the buffer zone, and urges both sides to extend demining operations outside the buffer zone;
     11.  Requests the Secretary-General to submit a report on implementation of this resolution, including on contingency planning in relation to the settlement, by 10 July 2013 and to keep the Security Council updated on events as necessary;
     12.  Welcomes the efforts being undertaken by UNFICYP to implement the Secretary-General’s zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and to ensure full compliance of its personnel with the United Nations code of conduct, requests the Secretary-General to continue to take all necessary action in this regard and to keep the Security Council informed, and urges troop-contributing countries to take appropriate preventive action including the conduct of predeployment awareness training, and to take disciplinary action and other action to ensure full accountability in cases of such conduct involving their personnel;
     13.  Decides to remain seized of the matter.

Viva la difference.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

there is no similar language of outrage or typical accusations of "violations of international law", "war crimes", etc ... as there is in the "Palestine" resolutions.

Alan said...

Buddhists, like Hebrews, take care of their own ethnic people in face of Muslim attacks:

http://reliefweb.int/report/myanmar/buddhists-leaving-bangladesh-welcomed-west-burma