Appeal to int’l community to live up to its responsibilities
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 29, (KUNA): Kuwait Friday condemned Israel’s relentless violations of UN resolutions and international law related to Palestine cause, called for political solutions to Syrian and Yemeni crises, and urged end to ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al- Hamad Al-Sabah, addressing an Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Ministerial Meeting in New York, said Israel has been violating all international laws and conventions, including UN charter and resolutions of UN General Assembly (UNGA) and Security Council related to Palestinian cause.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, in the meeting held on sidelines of UNGA 73 Session, urged the international community to live up to its responsibilities to counter Israel’s “illegal and inhumane” practices. The UNSC, he added, should stop the Israeli “aggression and massacres” against the unarmed Palestinian people. Kuwait, a current non-permanent member in the UNSC, coordinated with the Palestine and tabled a draft resolution last June to provide international protection for the Palestinian people.
“But the Security Council did not approve it,” he added. However, added Sheikh Sabah Al- Khaled, collective efforts among Arab and Muslim countries resulted in the UNGA’s approval of the draft resolution. On Syria, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled urged the UN, the Security Council and the Syrian parties to double efforts to peacefully resolve the confl ict, which entered its eighth year, in line with UNSC resolution 2554 and the 2012 Geneva Communique I in order to honor aspirations of the Syrian people. Kuwait, he added, sponsored UNSC resolution 2401 that called for an immediate cessation of hostilities, evacuation of the wounded and delivery of aid for those in need. He expressed full support to Staffan de Mistura, the UN Security General’s special envoy to Syria.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Sabah Al- Khaled extended full backing to the legitimate government in Yemen as well as the political solution that was based on the GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism, UNSC resolution 2216 and outcome of the national dialogue. Kuwait had recently provided USD 250 million to UN agencies, international government and non-government organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people, he said.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled also supported endeavors of UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to resume negotiations between the warring parties. On the other hand, Sheikh Sabah Al- Khaled called for a swift halt of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, and said international humanitarian organizations should have access to the Rohingya. He said Kuwait facilitated a visit for the UNSC ambassadors to Bangladesh and Myanmar last May to have a firsthand account of ordeal of Rohingya.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled commended the government of Bangladesh for hosting the Rohingya refugees, and urged Myanmar to grant the Rohingya full citizenship and allow their return. The Kuwait delegation to the OIC meeting included Assistant Foreign Minister for the Minister’s office Ambassador Sheikh Dr Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s permanent representative to the UN Mansour Al-Otaibi and Assistant Foreign Minister for international organizations Nasser Al- Hayyen.