World Court Ruling on Israeli Wall Forwarded to UN General Assembly
Ruling on Israeli Wall Forwarded to UN General Assembly
July 9, 2004 – After the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued
advisory opinion on the
Israeli-built wall in the occupied Palestinian territory, United Nations
Secretary-General Kofi Annan forwarded the decision to the UN General Assembly,
which had requested the Court's advice on the legality of the barrier.
The Hague-based ICJ said on
Friday that the construction of the wall was "contrary to international law" and
that Israel was "under an obligation to cease the works of construction" and to
"dismantle forthwith" the structure situated in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem.
statement issued in Bangkok,
where the Secretary-General is attending a meeting on AIDS, a UN spokesman said
Mr. Annan received the opinion from the Court and had forwarded it to the
General Assembly, "which will determine how to proceed on this matter."
In its opinion, the
ICJ - the principal judicial
organ of the UN - also said the General Assembly and the Security Council should
consider what steps are necessary "to bring to an end the illegal situation
resulting from the construction of the wall."
Last December, the General
Assembly adopted a resolution during an emergency special session asking the ICJ
to urgently render its opinion on "the legal consequences of the construction of
a wall in occupied Palestinian territory."