Saudi Arabia Calls Upon all UN Members to Recognize the State of Palestine

New York, September 27 (QNA) –  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has said that as a result of the continued Israeli intransigence and disruption of the peace process, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia calls upon all Member States of the United Nations to recognize the State of Palestine on the borders of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital; and to grant it full membership of the United Nations.     This came in the speech Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal delivered last night before the 66th session of the UN General Assembly now in progress here. The situation in the besieged Gaza Strip is another factor that exacerbates the problem as Gaza became a huge prison due to the unjust blockade imposed by Israel that causes grave humanitarian consequences.         Prince Saud Al Faisal added that the Israeli occupying forces continued atrocious military attacks against the Palestinian people which demonstrate that Israel, by committing these aggressions and repeated transgressions, is a state above the law, which disregards the resolutions of international legitimacy and the Geneva Convention (IV) Relative to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War; and taking advantage of the international community”s silence and negligence towards Israel”s war crimes. In this context, we urge the United Nations, particularly the Security Council and the Quartet, to assume their responsibilities to stop the Israeli persistent aggression, to work on providing international protection for the unarmed Palestinian people in Gaza, to end the Israeli blockade and open the crossings from and to Gaza strip.    The kind of peace that we seek to achieve is a just and comprehensive peace. It will not be achieved without the withdrawal of Israel from all occupied territories, including occupied Golan and Lebanese territories. Accordingly, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia calls upon the Security Council to act without delay to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East as provided in Security Council resolutions 242, 338, and all relevant UN resolutions and decisions of Madrid Conference, in particular the principle of ”Land for Peace” as well as the Arab Peace Initiative.    The Arab-Israeli conflict still predominates and overshadows all issues of the Middle East. No other regional conflict is more influential upon world peace. What exacerbates the problem is the absence of the Israeli Government”s good intentions. It still proceeds with the acquisition of more Palestinian land, still builds colonies to create facts on ground and still continues the killing and displacement of Palestinians and confiscation of their land and properties.
The Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal further said that the Israeli settlements or colonies undermine the possibilities of creating a contiguous and viable Palestinian state; make it difficult for any Palestinian government to function effectively or to persuade the Palestinians about the possibility of achieving peace.      It is unethical to impose siege and sanctions on people suffering under occupation, while the occupying authority continues its settlement activities free from any accountability and in defiance of Geneva Conventions. It is understood that peace is the only way to achieve security for Palestinians and Israelis; but we must doubt the Israeli intentions when it fails to offer any serious peace initiatives.       Actually, it rejects the proposed initiatives and continues to hamper the negotiations by taking unilateral actions that undermine the chances for peace. The time has come for Israel to know that it cannot proceed with ignoring international legitimacy emanating from international law. Yet, states in the Security Council, including permanent members, have unanimously and repeatedly issued statements against the continuation of Israeli settlement activities.     The Arab States have clearly expressed, through the Arab Peace Initiative launched by Saudi Arabia and adopted by the Beirut Arab Summit in 2004, their commitment to achieving just and comprehensive peace based on the rules of international law.     It is crucial that the international community takes a clear position that reflects its consensus on taking concrete actions to revive the peace process; alongside with decisively urging Israel to deal with the issue with honesty and seriousness by immediately ceasing settlement construction, dismantling instead of expanding them, recognizing the right of Palestinian people to establish their independent state on the borders of June 4, 1967 with Jerusalem as its capital as well as reaching an equitable solution to the refugee”s issue in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions.    Prince Saud al-Faisal, called meantime for the immediate cessation of military operations against the defenseless people in Syria and as per the resolution adopted by the arab league arab foreign ministers” Council held in Cairo recently, and the implementation of comprehensive and fast reforms to meet the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.     The saudi foreign  minister also called upon all parties in Yemen to announce clearly their full commitment to the peaceful transition of power and the implementation of the requirements contained in the GCC initiative to urgently end the serious crisis taking place in Yemen.
( / 27.09.2011)

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