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UAE expresses concern over UN's passive stance on tension in ME

posted on 18/10/2003: 575 views

New York - The UAE has expressed great concern on the passive stance by the United Nations Security Council towards the current tension in the Middle East, particularly on the Israeli continuous aggression against the Palestinian people and other countries in the region, as well as on Israel's continuous violation of international laws and disrespect to the UN resolutions related to Arab-Israeli conflicts. In a statement to presented to the UN General assembly during a session last Thursday to deliberate over the issue of reform in the UN Security Council and the expansion of membership to the Council, Abdul Aziz bin Nasir Al Shamsi, UAE's Permanent Ambassador to the UN said the UN Security Council had abandoned its responsibilities on the current tension in the Middle East.

He cited the Council's most recent failure to pass a resolution condemning Israel's latest aggression on Syria's sovereignty and Israel's violation of the Syria's air space on October 5, as well as Tel Aviv's continuous construction of the unlawful separation wall inside Palestinian territories. This, he said, was a stark violation of international law, the UN Charter and all resolutions related to Arab-Israeli conflicts. He urged all influential and permanent members of the Council to stand up to their responsibilities and to strive to save their credibility by playing their basic roles with utmost sincerity and justice to protect global peace and security.

The statement warned against the Council's continuous failure to deal squarely with this crucial issue. This, he said, would give a wrong signal to Israel and would encourage Tel Aviv to continue its violation of international legitimacy and laws undeterred and unpunished. The statement cited the international efforts being made to effect a just representation in the Security Council.

"After ten years of setting up an open team to deal with this issue, and after the consensus achieved in principle by members of the team on the need for a change in the Council's structure and method of work, suggestion and proposals made by member countries have failed to reach agreement on the nature of the needed change in the Council, be it on the expansion of the number of the Council's membership or on the system and method of its function, particularly the Veto,” the statement said.

The UAE expressed its hope that members of the UN, particularly the permanent members of the UN Security Council, would have the political will to reach an agreement shortly on this vital issue. It expressed support for the proposal by members of the Non-Aligned Movement, calling for the expansion of both the permanent and the non-permanent membership of the Security Council on regional and geographical basis to achieve justice, fairness and equality in sovereignty and to involve developing countries in the decision making process.

The UAE also expressed support for the voices which suggested that if the Security Council is expanded priority on membership to the Council must be given to countries which proved effective and efficient in promoting global peace and security. These members, the UAE said, must gain their membership to the Council through votes by members of the UN General Assembly. The UAE also reiterated the need to have a permanent seat for Arab countries to occupy on rotational basis. It also called for a reassessment of the Veto system by putting a limit and regulations to its use to ensure that the Council is able to discharge its duties and responsibilities effectively and credibly. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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