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Kuwait urges UNSC to assume responsibility for resuming Mideast peace process
January 17, 2015, 8:11 am

Kuwait has called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to assume its responsibility and take required steps to resume the Middle East peace process.

In his keynote speech during the Security Council's meeting late on Thursday on the Middle East situation, Kuwait's permanent delegate to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said the Palestinian issue has been yet unsolved although six decades have passed and several resolutions were taken in this regard.

He noted that such resolutions did not come into effect due to Israel's intransigence as it rejected, frankly and flagrantly, the implementation of resolutions of international legitimacy.

Despite this, the international community is "regrettably" unable to press Israel to implement such resolutions, he noted.

Ambassador Al-Otaibi went to say that the rejection of the Security Council to adopt the Arab draft resolution; presented on December 30, 2014, aimed at ending Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories within three years gives Israel the green light to continue its practices against Palestinians.

This move also squanders any chance toward a real peace that grants the Palestinian people their legal rights, he noted.

The illegal practices committed by Israel on the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, are relentlessly ongoing and aggravated the sufferings of the Palestinian people who have been reeling under difficult social and economic circumstances in the Gaza Strip, which has been under the attacks of Israeli forces, he said.

Such practices violate severely human rights, and international and human law, he pointed out. Israel confiscates and destroys the properties, detains thousands of civilians and expands illegally and constantly its settlement activity on the Palestinian territories, Al-Otaibi noted, calling at the same time for taking an action against such illegal settlement policies committed by Israel instead of voicing deep sorrow.

He noted that Israel several days ago withheld the Palestinian tax revenues in response to the latter's bid submitted to the Security Council to join the International Criminal Court (ICC). This move by Israel is a flagrant violation to its commitments, he said.

Commended the European Parliaments' decisions to recognized a Palestinian state, he described the move as "supporting" to efforts aiming at putting an end to the Israeli occupation.

He said that a permanent, comprehensive and just peace will not be achieved without setting a timeframe to end the Israeli occupation and stopping all violations against the Palestinian territories and people.

As for the Syrian crisis, he called for finding a political solution based on the Geneva declaration in 2012 and forming a transitional governing body with full executive powers to meet the needs and aspirations of the Syrian people.

He said: "We support efforts by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura in this regard. We express our grave concern over the unprecedented humanitarian crisis from which about 12 million Syrians suffer." It has been the largest humanitarian crisis since the World War II, he noted.

Kuwait called on Israel again to implement the Security Council Resolution 497 and withdraw from the Syrian Golan Heights within the borders of June 4, 1967, he concluded.

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