New York, – The State of Qatar affirmed that it will not hesitate to support any resumption of serious negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel, which would lead to peace on clear bases and a timetable for the two sides to live side by side in peace and security according to the two-State solution and the establishment of the Palestinian State based upon 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
This came in a statement of the State of Qatar delivered by HE the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Ambassador Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani before the UN Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East and the ‘Palestinian Question.” The State of Qatar has spared no effort to achieve peace and stability in the region and will continue its policy and cooperation with the international parties in this regard, recognizing the dangers of the conflict in the Middle East within its conviction that peace needs all political and humanitarian efforts, the Ambassador said.
There was no longer any doubt that the achievement of peace in the Middle East has great positive consequences for resolving the complex crises facing the region, first and foremost the elimination of terrorism, Ambassador Al-Thani said .
She noted that this long and painful conflict had confirmed that the success and promotion of opportunities for peace requires abandoning the imposition of a fait accompli policy, procedures and policies contrary to international law, which undermine the efforts aimed at achieving peace in the Middle East.
Implementing international legitimacy resolutions and responding to initiatives to achieve this goal is a strong basis for the success of international efforts, she said.
The State of Qatar recognizes the responsibility of all States and act in accordance with international law and the UN Charter to promote international peace and security and to meet new challenges. It therefore firmly believes that achieving peace in the Middle East is subject to the commitment of the parties concerned to implement the resolutions of international legitimacy in good faith and implement a sincere cooperation in accordance with the foundations and criteria agreed upon by the international community to reach a just and comprehensive settlement of the Middle East issue, she went on saying.
On the other hand, Ambassador Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani confirmed that the chemical attack on civilians in Khan Sheikhoun has revealed not only the extent of the Syrian crisis and the plight of the Syrian people over the past six years but also the international community’s failure to lift their suffering and end daily reality of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The State of Qatar, while renewing condemnation in the strongest terms of this act revealing the humanitarian atrocities in Syria, supports the U.S. military operations carried out against military targets used by the Syrian regime in conducting attacks on innocent civilians.
The State of Qatar renews its call on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities to stop the crimes committed by the Syrian regime and to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to international justice, the Qatari diplomat stressed.
The chemical attack on civilians in Khan Sheikhan has once again confirmed that the current situation in Syria constitutes a great threat to the international community, she said.
Taking into consideration the continued failure to achieve a final solution to the Syrian crisis and the insistence of the Syrian regime on committing flagrant violations of international law through attacks against civilians, civilian targets and humanitarian convoys; the adoption of a policy of forced displacement and demographic change along with the growth of terrorism, the situation in the Middle East has seen significant deterioration resulting in dire consequences for the sovereignty of Syria, its territorial integrity and the unity of the Syrian people, Ambassador Al-Thani said.
The absence of accountability for violations and crimes committed in Syria is a major cause for committing further violations and crimes, she said, urging the international community to shoulder its responsibilities to achieve the principle of accountability.
The adoption by the UN General Assembly of a Resolution submitted by the State of Qatar and the Principality Liechtenstein to establish an independent, impartial international mechanism to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the crimes against humanity in Syria is an important step towards achieving this principle, Ambassador Al-Thani said.
In support of this mechanism, the State of Qatar has pledged $ 1 million and also participated along with the European Union, Germany, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, Norway and the United Nations in organizing a meeting to support the future of Syria and the region, held in Brussels on April 4, in which the State of Qatar pledged $ 100 million in support for humanitarian efforts in Syria.
The unarmed Syrian people and the entire world today look forward for effective measures by the UN Security Council to stop the grave violations against the Syrian people and to reach a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis through a comprehensive political process that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people in accordance with the Geneva I Communique and the establishment of a transitional governing body.
Concluding, HE Ambassador Alia Ahmed Bin Saif Al-Thani reiterated Qatar’s commitment to support international efforts to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East and to cooperate in addressing the causes of regional crises based on international law, conventions and treaties aimed at maintaining international peace and security. (QNA)
Source: Qatar News Agency