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UAE urges international family to protect Palestinian civilians

posted on 29/05/2008: 1303 views

The UAE called upon the international community to take the necessary measures to protect the Palestinian civilians from collective punishment and excessive violent measures taken against them by the Israeli Occupying Power.

The UAE also demanded the world family to exert the necessary pressure on Israel to compel it to fully comply with its commitments as stated in the Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons and their Properties in the Time of War, and lift its inhumane and illegal blockade imposed on the Palestinian territories since 2006, especially on the passages of Gaza, and to end the arbitrary and unjustified impediment of humanitarian assistance, including fuel and water supply, food aid and other basic assistance, to thousands of Palestinians.

The UAE made these demands in a statement delivered by H.E. Ambassador Ahmed Al-Jarman Permanent, Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations before the Security Council on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts on Tuesday night.

The UAE diplomat hoped that UN discussions on this item would help in creating the political will required for the strengthening of effective national and international efforts aiming at protecting civilians in all areas of armed conflicts against inhuman crimes.

These inhuman crimes, he explained, included the deliberate killing, rape, confiscation and destruction of properties, forcible displacement and other blatant violations of international humanitarian law and of international human rights law, to which the belligerents mostly resort for exerting the greatest possible political pressure and for achieving victories in the field of war at the expense of the innocent civilian population, especially children, women, the elderly and handicapped people and the humanitarian and media workers, with full impunity in many areas of existing conflicts.

The UAE, he maintained, affirmed the importance of strengthening the important and coordinated role played by the Security Council, in collaboration with the Secretariat's departments and agencies including the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the Human Rights Council, particularly in taking the effective, prompt and decisive action to prevent the suffering of civilians in conflict zones and creating a safe environment for civilians as a priority for the work of the Council in maintaining international peace and security and building peace in accordance with the Charter.

'In this regard, we stress the importance of developing the mechanisms used for controlling and monitoring the practices committed against civilians during armed conflicts as well as the procedures taken for urging all states and conflicting parties around the world to ensure their compliance to their commitments with regard to the non-targeting of civilian populations and the protection of their properties and legitimate interests without double standards. Procedures also include full respect for the sovereignty of states, non-interference in their internal affairs or in their cultures and beliefs," he said The UAE also called for setting up a strengthened, integrated, humane and unconditional international strategy for relief and assistance, to be supported by adequate resources and political support based on justice, neutrality and objectivity.

The strategy, he continued, should be implemented by the UN organs, committees and humanitarian agencies in collaboration with regional, sub-regional and non-governmental organizations to secure humanitarian corridors and provide the required relief and humanitarian assistance in order to reduce the suffering of people affected by conflicts.

According to the provisions of international law, the plans and programs of this strategy should not be linked to any settlement process as the case in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The UAE also stressed the need to enhance the system set up for monitoring, reporting and exchanging information on crimes committed during armed conflicts against humanity and for punishing its perpetrators in order to ensure that these crimes are not repeated.

'We also call for developing the judicial arrangements made for addressing these crimes, strengthening national and international capacities in areas of investigation and prosecution, improving the rehabilitation process of victims, and increasing the chances of victims for reaching national and international criminal courts, in order to achieve justice and obtain adequate compensation for them' he added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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