Malaysia slams US, France for rejecting draft

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 9, 2006 (AFP) - Mainly Muslim Malaysia has voiced regret at the opposition from the United States and France to a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 9, 2006 (AFP) - Mainly Muslim Malaysia has voiced regret at the opposition from the United States and France to a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip.

Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said the stance demonstrated the special treatment given by the West to Israel.

"Israel is the golden child of the international community. They cannot be touched although it is clear that the country had violated Palestinian territory and threatened the safety of the people there," he was quoted as saying by Sunday's Mingguan Malaysia newspaper.

The UN Security Council on Thursday debated a draft resolution demanding the immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza and the release of detained Palestinian officials but the United States and France described it as unbalanced.

Syed Hamid said diplomats of the 57-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference, chaired by Malaysia, had met in New York to condemn the Israel offensive.

"We cannot do anything because they (Israel) has the US (on their side).

"What we cannot bear to see is Israel's arrogance ... they do whatever they like, as if international law does not apply to them at all," he said.

Israel has vowed to use all means to increase the pressure on the embattled Hamas-led government to free 19-year-old Israeli Corporal Gilad Shalit and to stop rocket attacks.

Forty Palestinians and one Israeli soldier have been killed since Israel launched its military operation in Gaza late Wednesday.

Copyright AFP

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