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UAE urges UN to implement recommendations of Goldstone report

posted on 06/11/2009: 737 views

New York - The United Arab Emirates urged the General Assembly of the United Nations during its meeting last night to adopt the recommendations of Goldstone report that was approved by the Human Rights Council at its 12th special session, on the crimes committed by the Israel during its war on Gaza Strip.

The UAE stressed on the need to refer the report to the International Security Council to take appropriate action under the charter of the UN and international law, in addition to asking Israel to identify its direct officials responsible for committing crimes against humanity in the war on Gaza Strip for the application of international justice.

Mr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, UAE Permanent Representative to the UN, said before the meeting of the General Assembly of the UN on human rights in the Palestinian territories, especially Eastern Jerusalem, that Goldstone's report reflected the gravity of the serious humanitarian violations committed by the Israeli army during its war on Gaza Strip which included the conclusions and concrete facts cited during the investigations.

The report, he said, included 36 incidents of the hundreds of other tragic incidents committed by Israel, and revealed clearly the main patterns of serious violations against the unarmed civilian population in Gaza. He pointed out that this is enough to legally condemn Israel for committing punishable war crimes and crimes against humanity under international criminal law.

He also noted that the overall military operation launched by Israel on the Gaza Strip by land, air and sea in the name of "Operation Cast Lead" pursued internationally illegal excessive aggression that killed 1,400 Palestinian civilians and caused thousands of injuries and disabilities, mostly children, women and elderly people. He pointed out that the Israeli military deliberately and directly targeted installations and buildings used by the United Nations headquarters to accommodate hundreds of civilians fleeing from the hell of destruction, and in particular targeted a school that belongs to UNRWA, which is home to about 300 thousand people leaving a large loss of life.

He added that the practice of Israel's systematic policy of economic and political isolation in Gaza Strip, closure of crossings for the movement of persons, goods and services, and imposing severe restrictions on the entry of basic humanitarian goods and supplies of food, medicine and fuel reflected, in a more disastrous way, on humanitarian situation, social, health and economic sectors in Gaza.

Al Jarman urged The International Community and organisations of the United Nations to act quickly to take strict measures to ensure pressure on Israel to compel it to an immediate halt to the siege of the Gaza Strip, according to Security Council resolution No. 1860. He demanded the Government of Switzerland, as the depositary of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, to take the necessary steps as soon as possible to convene a conference of High Contracting Parties to the Convention to consider the measures to be taken to ensure the enforcement of the Convention in the occupied Palestinian territory. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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