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UAE for UN Register of Damage caused by Israeli separation wall in oPT

posted on 17/12/2006: 1295 views

New York - The flagrant pretexts for security that Israel repeatedly argued to justify the construction of the separation wall, which has reached 662.2 kilometres long, and has covered areas more than twice the length of Palestinian territories boundaries occupied by Israel since 1967, will no longer deceive the international community, stressed UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador AbdulAziz Nasser Al-Shamsi.

In a statement before the Tenth Emergency Special Session (resumed) on: "Establishment of the United Nations Register of Damage caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory", Al Shamsi renewed the UAE's "demand to the international community to carry out its full responsibilities in order to ensure Israel's immediate and unconditional compliance to all the legal requirements contained in the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice.”

The UAE representative pressed on "the endorsement of the illegality of this wall, and the demand for the removal and the dismantling of the wall, including all the Israeli settlements that were constructed illegally in Palestinian territories between the separation wall and the Green Line and the obligation to make reparation for all the resulting damage."

Speaking about the proposal made by the Secretary-General on the statute of the Register of Damage caused by the construction of the wall and its maintenance, Al Shamsi said "the goals of the Register were limited to a mere comprehensive documentation of all damages and losses, without engaging in any assessments of the damages, or determination of necessary compensations or settlements of claims."

"Anyone who has been following Israel's engagement in building this wall since June 2002 till date, will clearly witness its implementation of a progressive expansionist scheme which aimed not only at isolating and confining hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in narrow and separated cantons, and preventing them from having access to schools, hospitals and work places, lands, properties and places of worship, but also at the wide and the illegal seizure of thousands of acres, water sources and other natural resources", he added.

Al Shamsi cited the following six demands by the UAE in this regard:

"1- Transparency and flexibility should be observed in the rules and regulations governing the establishment and maintenance of this Register. The administrative, legal and technical team of the Register must also have the necessary competence and be easily accessed in order to ensure the successful attainment of the objectives for which the Register was established, which include a comprehensive and easy documentation of all damages, losses and claims relating to the legal, economic and social implications of the construction of the separation wall."

"2- Maintenance of the Register throughout the period of the presence of the separation wall in the Palestinian Occupied Territories, including in and around East Jerusalem. Raising awareness among the Palestinian People of the purpose of creating this register and providing them with the necessary orientation on how to complete and present claim forms."

"3- To advance the objectives of the Register by establishing an international mechanism with a view to providing an accurate assessment of the damage and legal impact of the construction of this wall by Israel, and determine the necessary compensations for these damages, including the compensations for those damages resulting from preventing the Palestinians from having access to their workplaces, health services, educational institutions and water resources between the green line and the separation wall."

"4- Obligating the Israeli Government to make reparations for all damages and resulted implications, in accordance with the rules and regulations of international law as well as the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice, including the return of all occupied lands, properties and natural resources to the Palestinians, and payment of the necessary financial compensation for all damages, suffering and losses caused during the period of construction of this wall and beyond."

"5- All Member States and all others concerned are required to ensure their full cooperation with the Office of the Register of Damage to facilitate the implementation of its mandate."

"6- The General Assembly must continue its consideration of this important matter, and take all necessary measures until Israel complies fully with the provisions of the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice, including the restoration of the rights of Palestinians who were affected by the construction of the separation wall in their occupied territories." (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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