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this is g w news live from berlin tonight at the united nations palestinians deliver and angry rejection of donald trump's middle east peace plan palestinian president mahmoud abbas tells the u.n. that the proposals would be a gift to israel the palestinians he says are being offered a fragmented swiss cheese of a state also coming up tonight on the way to face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity sudan's transitional government agrees to handover former
president omar al bashir to the international criminal court and a holes in the protest hong kong's pro-democracy protesters suspend their demonstrations to help combat the spread of the coronavirus but the campaign for greater independence from mainland china it is far from over. i'm brink off to our viewers on p.b.s. in the united states and all around the world welcome the palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas has reaffirmed what the world already knew rejecting the peace plan offered by the united states saying that it would not be accepted by the palestinian people speaking today at the u.n. security council president abbas said the deal would strengthen what he calls israel's apartheid regime and that it would reward israeli occupation rather than
holding israel accountable for crimes against palestinians. here is mahmoud abbas speaking today at the u.n. well. this plan will not bring peace or stability to the region when he has them. and therefore we will not accept this plan we will confront its application on the ground. this is the summary of the project that was presented to us. this is the state that they will give us yeah it's like swiss cheese. really who among you will accept a similar state and similar conditions. or critics of this plan by the troubled ministrations say that it would grant israel
several of its long held wishes some of which could violate international law. the occupied west bank transplant could lead to the defacto onix nation of parts of the territory which was captured by israel in 1967 an extension of territory was condemned after world war 2 by the united nations charter critics one trumps proposal could violate principles of international law if it's implemented so 1st obviously we should take this very seriously this is not a peace plan this was a plan for perpetuating oppression and dispossession of palestinians not giving them statehood nor rights but the permanent state of apartheid if you me important thing to know is that defacto annexation has already occurred so when we're talking about annexation especially with regards to the chump land we're talking about did your annexation and they're already controls all of the land from the river the jordan river to the mediterranean sea others argue that the plan calls for
negotiations not unilateral actions if one looks carefully at the greenman at the proposal no comparables well they're not proposing that is will act unilaterally. nor are they demanding the palaces except to the such they say this is our proposal you parties sit and negotiate it now is will there under this plan israel would have certain parts of the west bank but it needs to be negotiated israeli prime minister benyamin netanyahu had promised to swiftly assert sovereignty over the west bank settlements on the jordan valley the us however seems to be pushing for that to happen only after the israeli elections on march the 2nd a joint us israeli committee has started working out the details of the map if the international community is still interested in being a fundamental governing regime for universal value it needs to consider what's happening in palestine very seriously indeed what happens to the palestinians here
can easily happen elsewhere and i think it proves a case in point and we already see moves elsewhere in the world if israel proceeds with such a defacto an exaggeration it's unclear how the rest of the international community will react. for more i'm joined tonight by michael link he is a professor in international and human rights law at western university in ontario canada this really is going to have you on the program let me ask you this proposal by the troubled ministration do you see parts of it that are clear violations of international law. i'm afraid so much of it is in violation of international law and the reason why we stress international law is because this is the way when you when you have stronger powers and weaker powers who are unable to negotiate. a fair settlement because of the asymmetrical balance of power international law is meant
to come in and establish rights by which people are to negotiate from that basis if you remove international law what you have is a raw display of economic and military and security power which israel has over the over the palestinians the question you've asked is you know what it what international law wants of saying on these important issues one has one of your previous speakers i just mentioned an exemption is profoundly illegal under international law and has been since the creation of the united nations in 1905 yet this plan would cement the illegal an exaggeration of east jerusalem by israel and also enix up to about 30 percent of the west bank in addition it would also legalize and give israel the land which the $240.00 israeli settlements are in east jerusalem in the west bank the civilian settlements have been declared by the international community as being illegal since the early 1970 s. and in the movie there are
a purported war crime under the 1998 statute of rome mr yet none of this is recognized in the in the current peace plan proposal is really to me ask you we know it's easy to point to international law and say that it is being violated it's another thing to enforce the law is there anything that the international community can do to stop this this peace plan from being enforced. well it can withhold its support for it and certainly we've heard statements made by the african union and the european union and a number of other countries that this peace plan falls short of what the international consensus has been and of course when international law can do as well the difficulty always is that the americans have an oversized role in mediating between the israelis and the palestinians and in this particular case where the united states the current in united states administration has accepted
much of the political talking points by the current likud government. it puts its fingers on the scale heavily against the palestinians and for the israelis it but more importantly heavily against the chances of reaching a fair just and general solution to this and less conflict what do you think then this plan says about the state of international law considering you have a superpower the united states which is pressing forward with a plan that as you say clearly has points about it that are in violation of international wall. you know look there is probably no conflict in the modern world as the israeli palestinian conflict where on the one hand you have had more international law created over the last 75 years with respect to the various important conflict points between israelis and palestinians yet you know it's rare
to find a conflict in the world where there's been such little application of a long held international standards dealing with the with law you know the term plan changes everything and changes nothing if it was accepted it would obviously end the conflict but also confirm i think the gross inequality on the ground so what the world has to do i think is stick by its its declarations me through hundreds of un resolutions at the security council the general assembly and the human rights council on had exemption on settlements on occupation and say you know this is a bright red line which the international community will not accept a change over it we will definitely be waiting to see if that indeed happens professor michael lee joining us tonight from ontario canada professor thank you well here's some of the other stories now that are making headlines around the world the democratic presidential hopefuls in the united states are facing
a crucial test in the state of new hampshire which is holding the 1st primary of america's presidential election season so there bernie sanders and former mayor pete buttigieg are seen as front runners who join narrowly defeated sanders in last week's iowa caucuses. at least 6 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the afghan capital kabul the explosion at the entrance to a military academy ends a recent wall in violence as the u.s. pursues talks with the taliban to finalize a cease fire deal. lebanon's new cabinet under prime minister hasan has won a vote of confidence in parliament the move also in the worst dion's plan to end the country's financial crisis now outside the parliament building security forces clashed with anti-government protesters who were trying to prevent today's vote. sudan's transitional government and rebel groups in the door for a region have agreed to hand over former president omar al bashir to the
international criminal court the court in the hague issued warrants for his arrest more than 10 years ago he's charged with committing crimes against humanity and genocide related to operations against awful rebels between the years of 2003 and 2008 sudan's military alstad albus year last year amid mass protests against his 30 year dictatorship al bashir is a lawyer says the former president has denounced the court as political and that he is refusing to have any dealings with. a sudanese government negotiator announced the agreement with rebel groups in darfur to hand over those wanted by the i.c.c. let's hear what he had to say at the fucking. we have agreed upon 4 primary mechanisms to achieve justice and. we have agreed on the appearance of those who face arrest warrants before the international criminal court. i'm saying
this clearly we cannot achieve justice and must be healed the wound using justice itself we can't run away at all from facing those who have committed crimes against humanity and war crimes committed against innocent people in darfur and in other places. are doing to be with me now is my colleague uber he is going to see you again this sounds like it's incredibly important why is it so significant i mean one shouldn't downplay the historical moment this is this is if it actually does end up happening the negotiator did not name but in bashir by name he just said that the government would be prepared to present the sudanese officials that have warrants on them he didn't name him by name and even if he did this would be a long path sudan has not ratified their own statute of the i.c.c. it would 1st need to do that for. that so that they would be a legal framework for ahmed bashir to actually appear in the hague and on top of
that you know just to give some background to our viewers the sudan has been governed by a transitional government that is made up of military and civilian rulers since august of last year this power sharing agreement was a result of months of intense political upheaval and violence yes indeed i was there in full for for g.w. and it's unclear if everybody on this transitional government is actually on board with this move they haven't all given statements yet and there have been actions in the past where the civilian leaders and the military leaders in the transitional government have not seen eye to eye or appear to have not been on the same page this is especially that a lot of the at least some of the military leaders in this transitional government are former allies of i'm going to share they might not be wanted by the i.c.c. per se but they're so. only very strong accusations against them that they are indeed complicit in these crimes that he's accused of you're speaking of
accusations let's talk a little bit about the charges that are being pledged against omar al bashir i mean you know this man this is a man who has 2 arrest warrants issued by the i.c.c. on his own his his name he you know this this goes back to an insurgency that broke out in 2003 when ethnic tribes you know claim that they were oppressed by the government and started in insurgency and the government just went ahead and crackdown on them in the most brutal ways you know a carpet bombing scorched earth policy is almost 400000 people killed hundreds of thousands maimed and but 2700000 people displaced and to this day i mean i was in darfur in 2017 and even and 13 years later that region has not recovered you still have people that have been displayed for decades and you know even if this is a symbolic move at this point it's still such a vindication for the victims who for decades told me they felt voiceless and that nobody was hearing their concerns and it's important that the you know that their
suffering be acknowledged by the world if we do see i was sure the international criminal court in the hague what would what would that mean for this current transitional government well it would definitely definitely think no they're right i mean you know this is i mean sudan is a country that is you know full of internal conflict and this transitional government has put as a top priority to reconcile these internal conflicts in an effort to get this country back on its feet whether it's to be accepted in the international scene but also to get its economy started again and if they're able to secure that and it seems that the rebels in daraa for this was not a point for negotiation the handing over of ahmed bashir and if they managed to secure this without ruffling feathers feathers within the military establishment then that is certainly a huge accomplishment but you have to wait and see where that actually something that's right. as always we appreciate it thanks for putting this into context force . well here in germany chancellor angela merkel's government is in crisis mode as
her conservative party the c.d.u. picks up the pieces from a disastrous week that saw a political taboo broken the party forwarded with a far right party last week to when they reach no alexion now a party to c.d.u. is looking for a new leader and new guidance while the government faces a raft of international challenges e.u. member states are concerned that germany might be politically unstable when it takes over the rotating a u presidency later this year chancellor angela merkel's conservatives are in crisis mode after the resignation of party leader and a great comp. it's not clear who will replace her and what kind of relationship the party might assume with the far right if the polls suggest most germans do not want to see the party shift to the right. i think it is the fact that it i think this is dangerous for the christian democrats if they move to the right which they already
did with common cause they could form a coalition with the a.f.d. that's more than just breaking attempt to that's actually making a pact with the far right extremists here i have the party won't move to the right it kind of forward to. movies to see to you can't go on being so stubborn it's not sustainable if they can't ignore voters. and the crisis was triggered by regional c.d.u. politicians decision to elect a premier yeah in the state of thuringia in cooperation with the far right populist i.f.t. party and the pro-business f.t.p. this was against the wishes of the c.d.u. national leadership and with seen as political taboo in germany. what we learned from what happened in thuringia is that the powers within the c.d.u. want to move the party to the political right but the backlash has been so massive that the party is now taking this very seriously. if the c.d.u.
does move further to the right that could threaten merkel's coalition government members of parliament are appealing for calm then. ownership battle in the party is surely something that's not very helpful right now but we members of parliament will continue to provide stability in these troubling times. this governing coalition is able and willing to work it's been a tough couple of months for the social democrats too but i don't want to make the job any more difficult for the c.d.u. at the moment. now we will most likely be up to chancellor merkel to resolve the crisis government can't afford such turmoil when it takes up the presidency of the european union. the world health organization has named the corona virus the new strain responsible for the current outbreak 19 the agency says no other names should be used to describe it there are no
weismann's drugs or vaccines to fight this virus leading scientists meeting today in geneva agree that it could take 18 months to develop a vaccine the virus has so far claimed more than a 1000 lives 43000 people have been infected. art i'm joined now by dr mohammad near he's a viral a just at lancaster university it's good to see you again doctor the wages director general told a news conference that vaccines could be ready in 18 months it sounds like a long time now but it is also you know a super fast how realistic is this. well that actually this is really complicated because whenever we talk about availability of a vaccine for human application we talk about 2 components 1st is the construction of a vaccine and 2nd is the validation construction is not really a big issue within a month of x.
and to be mate and then the construction of the validation part is really the main thing we are any mother testing is that it demonstrates efficacy at the a minute in a city so for example if we talk about even ebola virus it started into poland 14 and only november 2 to the 19 the 1st maxine. the a softer 5 so that is what that the timeframe we are talking about infectious disease is cool of it 19 but the name that is proposed today is a little different because we have some information. related quote on this i just saw us and mers so that information can be x. exploited to sort of shorten the duration for the construction of this vaccine so we have some of the wanted is so let's hope that we can make it possible that that's good news and while we're waiting if we have to wait these 18 months what needs to be done in the meantime to contain this virus so in the meantime the
only possibility we have is a shot of the control of many years as being applied at the moment so if we limit the suppression of the infection from one person to another person from one community to an other community so lowly we are intervening with the transmission potential of this widest between eventually the widest will peter out so at the moment the major emphasis should be on the control of mayors and we know that there is fear that this outbreak this epidemic could become a pandemic and cross borders easily if that were to happen and we were to see an outbreak outside of china is there any way to predict where the next outbreak would occur. i think the most important thing is we need to understand how the virus is being tossed majida how it started from epicenter and how it sort of spread all over the board so major issue is that fast mission between human to human so until that human to human transmission would carry old. attention for despised leashed to
the developing countries or the countries where the health care system is really poor that is where the virus will get a single handed game and outcome would be devastating but on the other hand we are also hoping that the widest if there is a control mayor that are being put in place at this moment if the world are carried out consistently and globally slowly we will reduce and intervene to toss mission between the people and therefore slowly the virus will go down and that is may or the disease control strategy will come in place and we will be able to see the effect ok dr mohamed when you're joining us tonight as efforts advance to find a vaccine for this virus dr thank you the chinese territory of hong kong has more than 40 confirmed cases pro-democracy protesters they have agreed to suspend their demonstrations in order to help curb the spread of this virus. the
things moth and emblem of hong kong fletch from one crisis to another want an icon of the pro-democracy demonstrations now it offers protection against a new coronavirus with the street protests now knowledge me at an end hong kong focus has shifted. when images of violent street battles once covered these walls now it's the battle against the virus that dominates with one common thread underpinning by distrust of the government and its chief executive carrie lamb the priest is on the wall it may have changed taking a look around it is clear that the anger which fueled not the protests can't be papered over quite as easily. as the death toll in china mounts many have slammed hong kong for keeping its borders open. for this a big shortage of face masks and 10 sanitise it has sparked panic buying and fear. one prominent voice than amongst the anger is hong kong's vast community of pro-democracy activists. during the protests campaign is simon loud common qualm
use the space to make props for the demonstrations. when the virus hits they swapped helmets by hand sanitizer using the network to source the donations and ingredients filling in they say where authorities have failed it's. proof that while they may have pushed pools on the protests in the movement is just as focused as ever. because this government will upset all people. not just our political beliefs but also 'd all people in the community normally the supporter of best opposition but now you can see they are quiet. but they are very angry the sign of an uncommon altruism goes hand with political pragmatism they believe that as the virus spreads so who anti-government sentiments and it's that they hope to harness to push for democratic change off got the virus
but come back with a strong movement why i've every confidence it's because of free will the system peoples understand from all walks of life why respect come why is so fierce. and for the cost of the system. its activists like simon it's always been clear that battle would not be fought and won with street protests alone the pro-democracy campaigns proven it can adapt and it's actions like this that could become a new face of the movement as angry of the government's handling of the virus which discontent across the political spectrum. ard sports news now in football you're going to meet his stunned germany's bondeson leaguer by resigning as coach of here to berlin just 10 weeks into the job of
former germany and united states coach was a big win for heads up the team has new big body backers and had hopes of turning itself into bundesliga title challengers but they've won only one of their last wide league games. here's a reminder of the top stories that we're following for you. president mahmoud abbas's a really rejected it drums a middle east peace plan a boss told the u.n. that the u.s. proposals would be a gift to israel. sudan's transitional government has agreed to hand over former president omar al bashir to the international criminal court as he's one of the old charges of crimes against humanity and genocide and at the world health organization has warned that the coronavirus poses a very grave global threat the death toll from the virus has topped 104-3000 people are now infected. don't forget you can always get the w. news on the go just download our workout from google play or from the app store
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