Libya Blocks UN Condemnation of Jerusalem Attack

[AP] John Heilprin - Libya on Thursday blocked the UN Security Council from condemning an attack on a school in Jerusalem by a Palestinian from eastern Jerusalem. Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador to the UN, said the obstruction undermines the council's effectiveness in the region. "What happened today was clearly a terrorist act," he said after the council's two-hour emergency session. "We regret that this makes it difficult for the council to contribute positively to developments in this region, but those who blocked this possibility bear responsibility." Libya insisted any statement should include condemnation of Israeli actions in Gaza. Three other nations agreed with Libya, but most council members wanted to keep the issues separate, said council diplomats.

2008-03-07 01:00:00

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