Holy Land Custody Calls for U.N. Mideast Peace Conference

JERUSALEM, JULY 22, 2004 (Zenit.org).- A spokesman of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land called for a U.N. peace conference to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Franciscan Father David Jaeger made this proposal after the U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution on Tuesday calling on the Israeli government to comply with the decision of the International Court of Justice at The Hague to pull down the barrier it has constructed.

“I hope the U.N. will not stop at this resolution but will take the initiative to finally convoke a peace conference, which will help Israelis and Palestinians achieve the U.N. objective of 1947 to create two independent and friendly nations in the Holy Land,” Father Jaeger said.

The Holy Land Custody’s juridical expert added that the wall of separation “has invaded in several points properties of the Catholic Church, including some in the Mount of Olives, which belong to the Franciscans.”

Neither the U.N. resolution nor the international court’s decision is binding. Israel says the barrier is needed to protect its people from Palestinian terrorist attacks.