U.S.-Libya Dispute Deadlocks Security Council on Gaza

[Reuters] Louis Charbonneau - The UN Security Council ended a week of haggling on Tuesday and abandoned efforts to adopt a statement on the crisis in Gaza after Libya and the U.S. were unable to agree on the wording. Washington objected to what Deputy U.S. Ambassador Alejandro Wolff described as the failure to address the core issue - the "illegal coup usurping power from the legitimate Palestinian Authority by the terrorist group Hamas." "It is imperative not to equate acts of self-defense with terrorist rocket attacks," Wolff added. The U.S. delegation on Friday proposed a series of amendments that resulted in a near consensus; that proposal was acceptable to every council member except Libya.

2008-01-30 01:00:00

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