‘Perpetuation’ of Israeli occupation won’t bring peace to Middle East: Pakistan at UN

THE UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan called on the UN Security Council to effectively address the lingering Palestinian dispute “as the first and most urgent priority” to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East region.

“The festering wound of Israeli occupation and atrocities in occupied Palestine is the main source of instability, tension and conflict throughout the Middle East,” Ambassador Munir Akram told the 15-member body. .

Speaking during the debate on the situation in the Middle East, the envoy said that the Security Council had not reaffirmed the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law in occupied Palestine, nor condemned the violations by Israel of rights, international law and its own resolutions. , and its failure to revive the process of promoting the accepted two-state solution.

Continued Israeli occupation will not bring peace to the Holy Land, Ambassador Akram said, adding that if history is any guide, even if they are dispossessed and disempowered by Israel, each successive generation of Palestinians will persist in seeking their freedom and basic rights. , including their right to self-determination.

The two-state formula, involving the creation of a sovereign, contiguous and viable Palestinian state, living side by side with Israel within recognized and agreed pre-1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, offers the only solution to the dispute, added sent him.

At the beginning of his remarks, Ambassador Akram said that Pakistan was deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in occupied Jerusalem and condemned the continued killings and injuries of Palestinian civilians, the destruction of Palestinian homes and the killing of AlJazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

In this regard, he briefed the Council on the main points of the “Islamabad Declaration” adopted at the March meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, which, inter alia:

— reaffirmed the centrality of the question of Palestine and Jerusalem for the Ummah;

— reaffirmed its principled and continued support at all levels for Palestine to regain its inalienable legitimate national rights, including its right to self-determination and the independence of the State of Palestine along the borders from 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital; and,

— reaffirmed that Jerusalem is an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory of the State of Palestine and called on the international community to compel Israel, the occupying power, to renounce its colonial practices and respect all international resolutions on the city of Jerusalem , and to refrain from all measures, practices and decisions aimed at altering the character and legal status of the city.

Ambassador Akram pointed out that Israel’s actions in occupied Palestinian lands — the seizure of land and property for Israeli settlements; violence against unarmed Palestinian children, women and men; and the blockade of Gaza; constitute serious violations of Security Council resolutions and international law, including humanitarian law.

Furthermore, the envoy said, there is no moral, legal or political equivalence between Israel, the occupying state, and the occupied and oppressed Palestinian people.

“The Palestinian struggle for self-determination and the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions is legitimate; Israeli repression of the occupied Palestinian people is illegitimate”.

He added: “To bring peace and stability to the Middle East, the question of Palestine – the source of the region’s insecurity and its multiple conflicts – must be effectively addressed as the first and most urgent priority. “.

Michael A. Bynum