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Undersecretary General of the UN’s Parting Blast

Alvaro de Soto undersecretary general of the United Nations and its envoy to the Middle East accuses the United States of plotting to depose the Palestinian government at any price. His confidential report on the matter was leaked and published in the Guardian.

Akiva Eldar of Haaretz writes:

It is hard to find a harsher indictment of U.S. President George W. Bush’s administration than the detailed document that Alvaro de Soto, undersecretary general of the United Nations and its envoy to the Middle East, submitted to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon upon the completion of his 30 years of service in the organization. He accused the United States of a plot to depose the Palestinian government from power at any price, even the price of a bloody civil war.

It is no wonder that publication of the secret document in the British newspaper The Guardian has shaken the glass building in New York. There is nothing that the UN Secretariat fears more than a crisis in relations with Washington. It is not hard to guess how people reacted there upon reading the following paragraph in the document: “I want to stress that, in effect, a National Unity Government with a compromise platform along the lines of Mecca might have been achieved soon after the election,” wrote de Soto, “had the U.S. not led the Quartet to set impossible demands, and opposed an NUG in principle.”

De Soto asserted that between the elections and the Mecca agreement, the U.S. pressed for a confrontation between Fatah and Hamas. “A week before Mecca,” he wrote, “the U.S. envoy declared twice in an envoys meeting in Washington how much ‘I like this violence,’ referring to the near-civil war that was erupting in Gaza in which civilians were being regularly killed and injured, because ‘it means that other Palestinians are resisting Hamas.'”

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