Qatar urges formation of UN committee to investigate Israeli attacks
Friday, 16 November 2012
DJIBOUTI: The State of Qatar stressed need to go to the UN Security Council in order to adopt a resolution establishing a UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate all Israeli attacks and actions against the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories and bring to justice all Israeli officials responsible for these crimes.
These remarks came in a speech delivered by HE Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, before the 39th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Djibouti on 15-17 November.
Dr. al-Attiyah urged the international community to honestly and sincerely boost support for the Palestinian people following the recent Israeli escalation in Gaza.
He voiced concern over the barbaric massacres committed by Israel against the unarmed Palestinians in Gaza, which confirms once again its inhumane approach towards the Palestinian people.
Israel's attack aimed at taking revenge on Palestinians, which constitutes a flagrant violation of all international instruments and norms, cannot be justified as self-defense, explained Dr. al-Attiyah.
What is happening in the occupied Palestinian territories, the suffering of the people of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip including the killing, the destruction, the land confiscation, the apartheid wall, Israel's violation of resolutions of international legitimacy and its stand meant to destroying all remaining chances for peace reveal the seriousness of the current situation not only on the Palestinian people, but on the whole Islamic nation, he added.
The silence of the international community has encouraged Israel to continue committing crimes and deny the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, he said.
Dr. al-Attiyah warned that this situation represents a dangerous threat to security and peace in the Middle East region.
HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’ s visit to the Gaza Strip last October confirms the firm position of the State of Qatar aimed at supporting the Palestinian cause, alleviating the daily suffering of Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza and breaking the political and economic blockade imposed on the Strip, HE Al-Attiyah said.
The Minister also criticized Israel's unilateral policies and procedures for imposing a fait accompli and a new reality on the ground through its settlement activities, urging the international community to reject Israel's settlement policy.
In this context, he urged unification of all Palestinian factions in a in a common frame- work through the Arab League and regional and international platforms in order to end the Israeli occupation.
He further called upon the Arab and Islamic countries to exert efforts as to lift the unjust siege imposed on the Palestinian People and support the relevant international aid organizations and agencies.
The international community is urged to assume its responsibility towards protecting the Palestinian people in accordance with the rules of international law, the United Nations Charter and other international instruments, Dr. al-Attiyah stressed.
Dr. al-Attiyah renewed Qatar's support for Palestine's bid to obtain full membership in the United Nations as a step forward in order to achieve a comprehensive, permanent peaceful solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which leads to establishing an independent Palestinian State within the 1967 borders.
On the Syrian crisis, HE al-Attiyah said the situation has reached such an unacceptable level, noting that hundreds of Syrian people are killed every day by a regime that does not hesitate to use all kinds of weapons against its own people.
He expressed grave concern over the increasing number of people displaced by violence in Syria, noting that more than 1 million Syrians have become internally displaced in the country while an estimated 250,000 refugees sought shelter in neighboring countries.
To help ending this deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria, the international community has called for setting up safe- haven zones and humanitarian corridors to protect Syrian civilians, the Minister explained, urging the Security Council to take all ways and means guaranteed by the international law and the Charter of the United Nations to provide protection for the Syrian people while preserving Syria's sovereignty, independence, national unity and territorial integrity.
In this context, Dr. Al Attiyah praised the agreement reached by the Syrian opposition in Doha as an important step forward the success of the Syrian revolution and for the Syrian people to attain their legitimate rights. (QNA)