October 07, 2009

Gillibrand Condemns Libyan Request to Convene UN Security Council Over Goldstone Report

UN Security Council Should Not Bow to Libyan Demands, Gillibrand Says

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today in response to Libya's request for the United Nations Security Council to hold an emergency session on the anti-Israel biased Goldstone report:

"The Security Council should not bow to Libyan demands over a flawed report, but rather focus on key challenges facing the world stage, such as Iran's and North Korea's nuclear weapons program. The UN Human Rights Council already decided to delay this report, which was the right thing to do given the misleading nature of the report's findings.

"The Libyan government's sponsorship of a ‘Welcome Home' ceremony for a convicted terrorist was a low point for that country's global standing and calls into question its standing on human rights issues."

The 15 members of the UN Security Council will meet today to discuss Libya's request. The Human Rights Council, a separate UN body, will consider the Goldstone report in its March meeting.

Senator Gillibrand recently led a bi-partisan Senate coalition urging the United States to block the Goldstone report from reaching the UN Security Council. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Senators also urged the Obama administration to denounce any punishment against Israel as a result of the report's flawed findings, which included failure to recognize Israel's right to defend itself against terrorism.