U.N. Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf during a news conference in Beirut, Friday, March 17, 2017. (The Daily Star/Ahmad Azakir)
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The head of the United Nation's West Asia commission resigned on Friday, after what she described as pressure from the secretary general to withdraw a report accusing Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" on Palestinians.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had asked the commission to remove the report from its website, a U.N. official said earlier.Guterres insisted on the withdrawal of the report, U.N. Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf said.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York the report had been published without consultation with the U.N. secretariat.
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