Israel blasts global community

2010-03-16 16:30

Jerusalem - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman blasted the international community on Tuesday following a telephone conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

"I have talked overnight with Ban Ki-moon and I have the impression there is no response within the international community to all the measures Israel has taken over the past year," he told journalists.

"We are getting the feeling that all the efforts and positive steps Israel has made over the last year ... including the settlement freeze and the removal of checkpoints have been taken for granted by the international community," he told journalists.

"In the end there has been no encouragement, nor a more objective or constructive attitude from the international community which, instead, has stepped up demands and pressure," the right-wing minister said.

The UN chief is due to visit the region over the weekend after attending a meeting of the Middle East diplomatic Quartet, which is made up of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States.