World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Middle East 'could be explosive,' Annan warns

Middle East 'could be explosive,' Annan warns, urging parties to avert escalation

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today warned that the situation in the Middle East has the potential to become explosive, and urged the parties to avert a further escalation.

A spokesman for Mr. Annan, who is traveling in Accra, Ghana, issued a statement once again condemning the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel, such as the one which struck a school in the town of Ashkelon yesterday.

“He also calls again on the Government of Israel to refrain from actions that amount to collective punishment of Palestinian civilians, and to ensure delivery of fuel, commodities and other essentials into Gaza,” the spokesman said.

The Secretary-General repeated his reminder to both sides of their obligations under international humanitarian law regarding protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure. He also repeated his call for the immediate release of Corporal Gilad Shalit, who is being held by Palestinian militants in Gaza.

“The situation is dangerous and could be explosive,” he warned, urging all concerned to “step back from the brink.”

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>


Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC