(JNS.org) Nobel Peace Laureate and British House of Lords member David Trimble spoke on behalf of Swiss human rights group UN Watch at a UN Human Rights Council debate Monday in response to the most recent Human Rights Council report on Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria.
“I am a firm believer in a two-state solution, which will require difficult compromises,” he said. But he added, “by urging the removal of all settlers living beyond the green line, the report is inconsistent with Security Council Resolution 242… It could lead to the utterly grotesque consequence that the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem should be returned to the desolate condition that existed between 1948 and 1967. The Report’s conclusions address one of the issues in a high handed and one-sided manner... It amounts to a unilateral measure of the sort opposed by the international community.”
“Negotiations can only be by the Israelis and the Palestinians. Others at best can play a helpful role,” Trimble added. “But outside bodies purporting to make authoritative pronouncements on major issues over the heads of the parties can only undermine and subvert the peace process. This report abandons principles established in the Clinton Camp David talks, and applied in the Road Map and the Olmert-Abbas talks. The United Nations and its human rights bodies should all be working with others to advance the cause of peace, not to hinder it.”
Watch Trimble’s full address here: