‘Fragile’ Middle East would benefit from UN visit - Russia

Russian representative said a UN visit would help to restart stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians
‘Fragile’ Middle East would benefit from UN visit - Russia
Russia said the visit could help restart stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and urged to also visit Egypt, Syria and Lebanon (Getty Images)
By sujith indiasyndicate
Fri 11 Feb 2011 12:18 PM

The Middle East is "quite fragile" at the moment
and would benefit from a visit from the United Nations Security Council, the
UN’s Russian representative has claimed.

Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s representative to the UN, said his
government was concerned the Middle East was "quite fragile" at the
moment and has urged the United Nations Security Council to visit the region, a
move which would be the international organisation’s first visit to the region
for over 30 years.

According to a report by the Voice of America (VOA) News,
Churkin made the official proposal to the UN last week. He said the visit could
help to restart stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and he
urged the fifteen-nation Council to also visit Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

Any
such visit would be the United Nations Security Council’s first visit to the
area since 1979.

Russia is part of the five permanent members of the Council,
along with the US, the UK, China and France. Russia is also part of the Quartet
of Middle East peacemakers, which includes the US, the UN and the European
Union, which is currently headed by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

His comment came after growing civil unrest in the region,
sparked initially by the removal of the president of Tunisia after nearly three
decades of rule.

This soon spread to Egypt and anti-government demonstrations
in Cairo calling for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

Demonstrations
in Yemen also led to President Ali Abdullah Saleh announcing he planned to step
down at the end of his term in 2013.

Protests in Jordan subsequently led to
King Abdullah sacking the newly appointed government and the resignation of
Prime Minister Samir Rifai.

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