Rosemary DiCarlo was addressing a meeting
of the UN Forum on the Question of Palestine, and noted that the UN has been “actively involved” in mediation so far, and said the fighting involving extremist group Hamas and Israeli forces, which has claimed the lives of more than 200 civilians on both sides, including children, was a “tragic reminder” of the need to find a resolution to end conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, “once and
“In the absence of such a process, we are – regrettably – bound to witness more episodes of tensions and desperation. People on both sides deserve much more than that”, said Ms. DiCarlo.
The forum was organised by the UN
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People which met online in New York
She noted that the scenes of communal
violence inside Israel itself, were also “unprecedented”, saying continued escalation there would have “devastating consequences” for all in the region.
If the nine days of spiralling violence so far continues, “humanitarian needs are bound to rise considerably, particularly in Gaza, where the situation was already desperate”, she added.