Libya Blocks UNSC Condemnation

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Libyan delegation managed to block the UN Security Council from publishing a condemnation of Thursday night's terror attack in Jerusalem.

According to Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman, most members of the Security Council wanted to issue a joint statement condemning the attack.

"Most members [of the UNSC] wanted to condemn [the terror attack], but Libya blocked it," Gillerman told the press following the late night meeting.

Libya's tactic at the meeting was to link the murder of eight Israeli students with a resolution it sponsored condemning the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) counter-terror operations in the Gaza Strip.

Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who holds this month's rotating presidency, was dissatisfied with the Council's failure to produce a statement condemning Thursday night's attack.

"What kind of specific, horrendous terror attack in the area [Israel] will it take to make the Council condemn [an act of terrorism] without going through all the history of the region?" Churkin asked reporters.

US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said the United States urged the Council to issue a statement condemning the terrorism "in the strongest possible terms," but the Libyan delegation was successful in torpedoing its effort.

UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon called Thursday night's slaughter a "savage attack."

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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