NEW YORK, Kuwait on Wednesday held Israel responsible for the recent flare of violence in the Palestinian territories, especially Gaza Strip, and backed Palestinians’ right to struggle against the Israeli occupation.
“The Israeli occupation authority bears full responsibility for the recent escalation in the occupied territories,” Kuwait’s Permanent Delegate to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said at a special UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Palestinian territories.
“As long as this occupation continues, Palestinian people have the right to confront it and defend their aspirations and dreams of independence and a free and dignified life.” He expressed Kuwait’s support to the Palestinian people’s struggle and admiration of their steadfastness against the Israeli oppressive regime.
“Israel’s policies and practices in the occupied territories can not be justified. The occupation itself is a flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations, international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, and must end because it is the core and root cause of conflict in the region,” Al-Otaibi argued.
He also reiterated Kuwait’s condemnation of any attack on civilians.
“We would like to emphasize here our principled and firm stance in condemning the targeting of civilians by any party, anywhere and at any time,” he laid it bare.
He added that it was unacceptable that the international community remained silent in face of violations of international humanitarian law and the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
Al-Otaibi also lamented that the unlawful unilateral measures to Judaize the occupied Jerusalem continued, as had incursions into Al-Aqsa mosque.
He reminded that audience that those actions provoked Muslims, as did the blockade of Gaza, which had lasted more than a decade.
“In the past few weeks, Israel has used live ammunition against civilian demonstrators who came out to peacefully express themselves and commemorate the Great March of Return, “More than 120 people, including children, were killed and thousands wounded, some of them become disabled. We have submitted three statements (the UNSC) to express concerns about the fall of victims and assert their right to protest peacefully and called for an independent and transparent investigation into the massacres, but unfortunately they have all been rejected,” he said.
He noted that Kuwait had tabled a draft resolution requiring international protection for Palestinians and had taken many amendments on board. Therefore, he called for transparency and inclusiveness in the negotiations over the draft and hoped it would be adopted by the UNSC soon.
He expressed hope that the Council would send a message that it would stand by the side of the Palestinians, he said, welcoming the Human Rights Council’s 18 May resolution to send a committee to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, especially Gaza, to investigate Israel’s violations.
He reaffirmed Kuwait’s support to peace efforts as the strategic option for ending the conflict.
He noted that this option was also backed by the resolutions of the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries at a number of conferences.
“A comprehensive, just and lasting peace based on the resolutions of the international legitimacy; UN Security Council resolutions 242 1397 and 1515; the principle of reciprocating land for peace; the roadmap; and the Arab Peace Initiative was the goal and should lead to Israel’s withdrawal from all the territories it occupied on June 5, 1967 and allow Palestinian to fully restore their legitimate political rights and establish their independent state on their land, with East Jerusalem as its capital,” he concluded.
Source: Kuwait News Agency