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December 9, 2015 7:40 pm

At Memorial for Victims of Genocide, Israeli Envoy Says UN Could Have Done More

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Israeli Ambassadpr to the United Nations Danny Danon. Photo: World Likud.

Israeli Ambassadpr to the United Nations Danny Danon. Photo: World Likud.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon criticized the institution for failing to heed the warning signs of potential genocides since the end of World War II and the Holocaust.

On Tuesday, during a debate at the first-ever International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of This Crime, Danon said “the United Nations failed to heed the warning signs of potential atrocities,” such as the Rwandan genocide of its Tutsi population and the Bosnian massacre in Srebrenica.

“We must be ever vigilant to prevent atrocities in the future. We must not allow ourselves to be paralyzed by political considerations,” said Danon.

Danon is also serving this month as chairman of the UN Western Countries Group, which includes Western European countries, the US, Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. He recently replaced Ron Prosor as Israel’s permanent representative to the UN.

This year also marks 70 years since the end of World War II and the Holocaust, which is also commemorated annually by the UN.

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  • Frank Adam

    Nice to see that at least within the Western Europe etc [ie US, Australia, NZ & Turkey]Group ie the OECD democracies, that Israel is allowed a fair bite of the cherry of UN office. The last time was in the early 50’s when Abba Eban was a Vice Chair of the General Assembly – before the 100 de-colonised impoverished statelets were let in. Israelis eventually mocked Eban for needing an interpreter between his Cambridge cadences and man- in- the- street English. I sympathise.

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