behalf of the Arab Group to the UN, the UAE yesterday urged the major
international powers to respond to the Arab Ministerial Committee's efforts to
end the Israeli occupation, and safeguard the launch of serious and significant
The UAE also wished that the Security Council would respond to the
Arab Group's initiatives which call for the issuance of an effective decision
which would contribute to saving peace process on the basis of its relevant
resolutions, the Madrid Principles and the Arab Peace Initiative.
This came in a statement delivered by Saud Hamad Al Shamsi, Acting
charge d'affaires of UAE permanent mission to the UN, on behalf of the Arab
Group to the UN during the general and ordinary discussions at the UN Security
Council on the latest developments in the Middle East, including the
Palestinian Issue. The session was chaired by the Foreign Minister of New
Zealand, Murray McCully.
In his statement, Al Shamsi warned of the consequences of
worsening humanitarian conditions of the Palestinian people resulting from
Israeli atrocities and its violations of international laws and norms, as that
was the direct cause of the continuation of undermining peace talks.
He said, "In spite of all the tireless efforts and international
and regional initiatives exerted over the past two decades, the region is still
experiencing failure and loss of peace opportunities." He pointed out that
this failure prolongs the suffering of the Palestinian people, doubles its
human and material losses and deepens despair and instability, as well as
extremism and serious threats which affect the region and the world.
He called for the need to find a prompt solution to the
Palestinian Issue, condemning the illegal and continuous violations committed
by Israel to expand its illegal settlements inside the Palestinian territories,
He pointed out the hardships faced by the Palestinians, their
forced displacement and confiscation of their land and properties as well as
demolition of homes and buildings, citing that Israel has tried to arbitrary
transfer 7000 Palestinian Bedouins and herders in 64 residential areas in West
Al Shamsi also denounced the continuous Israeli blockade of the
Gaza Strip, and last year's war which resulted in death and injury of
thousands, complete and deliberate destruction of infrastructure including the
UN facilities that make up the lifeline for the people of the Gaza.
In the same context, he welcomed the recent report issued by
Commission of Inquiry to investigate purported violations of international
humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,
including East Jerusalem, particularly in the Gaza Strip, which showed the
unprecedented sufferings experienced by the unarmed Palestinian people,
stressing the importance of ensuring the implementation of the accountability
system and brining those responsible for committing war crimes to justice.
He also called on donor countries to fulfill its pledges made at
the Cairo conference last year to safeguard completion of financing the
reconstruction of Gaza projects, underscoring the common responsibility laid on
the international community to work towards totally lifting of Israeli siege
imposed on Gaza, as well as providing the necessary support for the efforts and
programmes of the United Nations, especially UNRWA.
He also brought to attention the Arab Group's supportive stance to
the Palestinian national reconciliation, and urged the international community
to strengthen its support for Palestinian government to enable it to impose
full control over the Gaza Strip, and all its border crossings as well as
support of the ongoing efforts to achieve Palestinian reconciliation.
He noted,"The Arab Group believes that the continuation of
this historical injustice by Israel on the Palestinian people is one of the
main causes of the current erosion of peace and stability in the region, as
well as one of the causes of fueling tensions and hatred, exclusion and
extremism in some of our countries which may have serious repercussions in the
future on the region and the world."
Al Shamsi called on the Security Council to take all the necessary
steps to ensure Israel's immediate cessation of all violations of principles
and conditions of the existing peace process based on ending the occupation,
reaching on a two-state solution as well as providing appropriate measures and
environment to ensure the return of peace negotiations.
Regarding the situation in Syria, he expressed regret of the Arab
Group for the continuation of the Syrian crisis for the fifth consecutive year
and targeting of civilians by the Syrian forces, who should take the
responsibility to protect them, or by the terrorist and extremism groups that
violate all humanitarian, religious and International norms and principles such
He also reiterated his support for all efforts which are aimed to
provide political solution for the Syrian crisis, especially efforts exerted by
Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, in accordance with the results
of the Geneva Conference and leading to meet the aspirations of the Syrian
people in achieving political transition and democratic participation of all
national Syrian parties, without exception, and accomplishing transitional
justice as well as restoring stability and security to Syria. –End-