22 Dec 2017 - 10:27
A resounding majority of United Nations member states has defied unprecedented threats by the US to declare President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital "null and void".
22 Dec 2017 - 11:39
The State of Qatar has reiterated that the unjust siege that it has been subjected to violates the international law and UN Charter, stressing that these unilateral illegal measures have nothing to do with reality and lack evidence and justification. Ambassador Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, the State of Qatar’s permanent representative to the United Nations, made the remarks before the open debate of the Security Council on “Addressing complex contemporary challenges to international peace and security” at the UN headquarters in New York.
The ambassador said the changing nature of the challenges facing collective security, the growing size and complexity of long and recent conflicts, and the persistence of different forms of extremism and terrorism require a holistic view of international peace and security, preventing conflicts and settling them through peaceful means.
She noted that the current challenges compels all sides to positively contribute to address the problems facing the world, adopt dialogue instead of confrontation, stop creating crises, and abide by international law.
The ambassador said that the prevention of conflicts through dialogue is enough to achieve international peace and security, adding that the absence of dialogue complicates crises and increases instability.
The ambassador reaffirmed that the State of Qatar believes that achieving international peace and security depends on enhancing the collective prevention of crises and resolving disputes in line with the provisions of Article 33 of the UN Charter, noting that Doha has been actively involved in the peaceful settlement of disputes in cooperation with concerned UN entities.
According to this vision, the permanent representative said, the State of Qatar is satisfied and appreciates that conflict prevention and resolution is a top priority of the secretary general as these crises and human conflicts cost enormous losses and undermine the capacities that can be employed to achieve the UN goals of peace, development and human rights, which the secretary general confirmed in his report on the restructuring of the pillar of peace and security at the United Nations on October 17.