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UAE says Israeli violations blocking efforts to achieve regional peace

posted on 30/06/2016: 2139 views

GENEVA: Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the UN and other International Organisations in Geneva, Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, criticised the continuous Israeli occupation's violations against the human rights of the Palestinians and the its dangerous policies including incitement of hate, arresting and killing Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West bank, seizing the properties of Palestinians and forcing them from their forefathers' lands, including those occupied in 1948, as well as Israel's attempts to distract attention from the continuous inhuman siege it laid on Gaza Strip in 2006.

He was commenting on the United Nations International Conference in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, held yesterday by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in Hall 17 (Emirates Hall) at the United Nations Palace in Geneva.

The conference was opened launched by Michael Moller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Ambassador Fode Seck, Chair of the UN Palestinian Rights Committee, and Nabil Shaath, former Palestinian chief negotiator, member of Fatah Central Committee.

He stressed that these Israeli practices block all good offices aimed at establishing peace and security in the whole region. These practices are null and void and illegal because they constitute legal, political and material violation of international law and the International humanitarian law, more specifically the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1994, the UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 as well as the principle of land for peace.

Al Zaabi reiterated the UAE's firm and principal position of backing the inalienable rights of the Palestinians and need for full international recognition of their independent and sovereign state.

The UAE strongly backs efforts aimed at reaching a just settlement to the Palestinian issue.

He urged the UN and the powerful members of the Security Council to act immediately within the framework of international law and conventions to protect the Palestinian people and force the occupation authorities to honour their relevant pledges.

He specifically demanded the UN Security Council and the Middle East Quartet and its regional partners do all they can to save the peace process by forcing Israel to commit itself to fundamental and meaningful standards of serious negotiations with the terms of reference being the basic principles of the two-state solution, relevant resolutions by the international legitimacy, as well as the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference, the Oslo Accord and the Arab Peace initiative.

This, he said, should ensure that within a set timeframe, a comprehensive, permanent and just settlement will be reached to end the Israeli occupation and force it to withdraw from all lands it continues to occupy since 1967, including East Jerusalem, to create an opportunity for a fully independent and viable Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Failure of the international community and the United Nations to fix the unjust reality of the Israeli occupation and settlements and the flagrant violations of human rights - which perpetuate the suffering of the Palestinian people and cause double human, material and economic losses over more than six and a half decades- will deepen the despair, hopelessness and instability that triggered violence, extremism and terrorism and affected this region and the whole world, Ambassador Al Zaabi warned.

He said the UAE welcomes Palestine's joining of international conventions in the past two years and encourages it to keep up the effort in this direction because abiding by the law is the foundation of international legitimacy and the optimal means of peaceful struggle.

This, he added, will consolidates Palestine's international stature and contribute to towards protecting the rights of the Palestinian people.

He also welcomed European countries' recognition of the Statehood of Palestine and expressed the hope more countries would follow suit. He noted that several European parliaments recommended that their governments to recognise Palestine.

Concluding, the ambassador urged the international community, namely donor states, to double their political, development, relief and economic aid to the Palestinians to ease their suffering being exacerbated by the occupation and help create opportunities for a dignified life and remove the blockade put on reconstruction and UN plans for reviving the economy in Gaza Strip. - Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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