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UAE calls for creating international committee to probe Israel's war crime in Gaza

posted on 16/01/2009: 758 views

New York - The UAE last night called on the international community to exert the maximum possible pressure on Israel to force it to comply with the UN Security Council resolution 1860 (2009) which calls for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.

In a statement before the UN Security Council day-long thematic debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, H.E. Ambassador Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, called for establishing an international commission to investigate war crimes committed by Israel against civilians in Gaza and bringing those responsible to justice in line with the international legitimacy.

'In spite of the progress achieved in developing international legal mechanisms that promoted the protection of civilians and determined criminal responsibility for the killing of civilians during armed conflict, new and tragic forms of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, including wilful killing, rape and forced displacement, were still being perpetrated against civilians," he said.

According to him, such acts, which included attacks against humanitarian personnel and news reporters, were committed and used by warring parties as a tool for exerting maximum political pressure to achieve their goals at the expense of the security and safety of innocent civilians.

'The United Arab Emirates believed that such flagrant violations were not necessarily due to weaknesses in the international legal protection framework, but to the non-compliance of some States in implementing their international obligations.

'To that end, it was deeply regrettable that a "vivid example" of the contempt of some States for the resolutions of the Security Council, as well as the double standards and selectivity in implementation, was being displayed by Israel, which was continuing the 19-day assault on Gaza.

'Security Council resolution 1860 (2009) had condemned Israel's actions in plain language, yet it continued to commit war crimes against the Palestinian people by, among other ways, bombing civilian areas with globally banned weapons, using excessive force and collective punishment against unarmed civilians, and obstructing humanitarian assistance.

"What is happening in Gaza is a testimony to the serious impact of the inaction of the international community in implementing legitimate resolutions and the selectivity in their implementation," he said, urging the international community and the Security Council to revise the implementations standards relating to civilian protection," he added.

The Security Council condemned all violations of international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law, committed against civilians in situations of armed conflict, and demanded that "all relevant parties put an end to such practices.

Delegations also directed their frustration at what they believed was the Council's inability to act in a timely manner to end the fighting in Gaza.

As the nearly 50 delegations took the floor, it was clear that the situation in Gaza was their foremost concern. They called on the Security Council to press Israel to live up to its obligations under the Geneva Conventions and other international legal instruments to protect civilians.

Libya's representative said that resolution 1860 (2009), adopted after much delay, still had not accomplished anything. Israel continued to commit crimes and it had not hesitated to provide flimsy excuses for its actions. Pakistan's representative said that, as Gaza burned, the world was watching the United Nations and the Security Council in particular. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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