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Implement UN recommendations on Gaza, says Arab Group at UN

(Wam)
Filed on September 28, 2012

The UAE, speaking on behalf of the Arab Group, called on all parties concerned to immediately implement the recommendations contained in the United Nations Secretary-Generalís report on the Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza conflict.


Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, told the UN Human Rights Council, that Israel persisted with the occupation and the violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention.

“The Palestinian people could not accept perpetual occupation and it was high time the international community implemented the provisions of the international law. Negotiations were indispensable to achieve this goal,” he said in his address at the Council’s general debate on the situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab Territories.

The Human Rights Council heard a presentation of the report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict and then started its general debate on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.

Presenting the report of the United Nations Secretary-General, Kyung-wha Kang, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights said that the report showed clearly the measures that remained to be made by all parties involved, namely the states concerned, the international community, and regional and international organisations. Syria said that despite the fact that the occupation constituted the worst violation of human rights, many had forgotten the suffering of Arabs under occupation.

In the general debate, numerous delegates called for the implementation of the recommendations contained in the United Nations Secretary-General’s report on the Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict and deplored Israel’s violation of standards. The on-going conflict and the occupation represented a failure of the international community in bringing about the change that the Palestinian people deserved, said speakers, and expressed concern about the situation in Gaza. Unless urgent action was taken, Gaza would no longer be liveable in 2020, it said.





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