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Cyprus and Egypt stop Iranian ships with weapons for Hamas and Hezbollah
Cypriot president Demetris Christofia confirms the detainment: the ship was "in contravention of security council resolutions." On January 28, Egypt blocked an Iranian ship at the entrance to the Suez Canal: it was transporting weapons for Hamas. The Egyptian foreign minister accuses Iran of fomenting tension in order to escape pressure from the West on the nuclear question.
09/01/2009 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
United Nations votes for truce but bombs and rockets continue in Gaza
Fourteen of the council's 15 members vote in favour of a Security Council resolution. United States abstains. Text calls for a ceasefire, free passage for humanitarian aid, and an Israeli pullout. It also condemns all acts of terrorism and violence against civilians and calls for greater monitoring of arms and ammunition smuggling into the Strip. The number of dead is growing among Palestinians (750) and Israelis (16). UNRWA stops relief operations after one of its drivers is killed. The International Red Cross accuses Israel of not helping the wounded.
12/10/2009 PALESTINE – UNITED NATIONS
Mahmoud Abbas backtracks, says postponing vote on Goldstone Report a mistake
The president of the Palestinian National Authority disowns decision taken a week ago in Geneva. Meanwhile the signing of Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal set for 25 October in Cairo is called off.
17/07/2009 KOREA – UNITED NATIONS
Pyongyang ends six-party nuclear talks as UN imposes new sanctions
North Korea’s No 2 leader declares a ‘permanent end’ to talks, alleging a violation of ‘national sovereignty.’ He threatens further development in the country’s nuclear programme. The UN Security Council unanimously freezes assets of North Korean officials and state companies.
06/03/2006 IRAN UNITED NATIONS
International nuclear agency to decide Iran's fate today
The spectre of referral to the UN Security Council is looming. Thousands of demonstrators in Tehran have upheld the right to pacific nuclear technology. The US and Israel: "If it goes on like this, the regime will have to face serious consequences. We are ready to take all the necessary measures to prevent Iran from having atomic weapons."
World begins to react to Tehran's decision to restart nuclear research
EU3 foreign ministers are scheduled to meet tomorrow. China is hopeful that Iran-EU3 talks might prove useful. Russian foreign minister in Moscow says he is concerned, might not use veto in Secuirty Council.
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