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Kuwait reiterates total support to Palestinians – Gaza blockade condemned

NEW YORK, Nov 8, (KUNA): The State of Kuwait affirmed on Wednesday its full support toward the struggle of the Palestinian people in order to get their legitimate political rights by establishing their independent State on their territory according to 1967 borders.

The remarks came in a speech by the Permanent Representative of Kuwait in the UN, delivered by First Secretary Sheikh Jawaher Ibrahim Al-Duaij Al-Sabah during the Special Political and Decolonization Committee at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly late Tuesday.

Kuwait also called for the release of Palestinian prisoners and send an international committee to investigate the situation in Israeli jails and to verify Israel’s compliance with the provisions of international law in this regard.

It deplored the continuance of the illegal and inhuman blockade of the Gaza Strip, which it is another violation by Israel of Security Council resolution 1860 and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949. Al-Sabah also stressed the need for the international community to carry its responsibilities to compel Israel to implement the recommendations of the Special Committee to stop its violations of international humanitarian law within the occupied territories and commit to peaceful resolution of the implementation of United Nations resolutions.

It also pointed to the worsening electricity crisis that continued during the commission’s mission and its impact on health infrastructure, one of the most important key issues that forced hospitals to reduce their services, resulting in limited access to basic care.

Al-Sabah also stressed that the actions of the Israeli government are the biggest evidence of its intransigence and its insistence on non-compliance with the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy and its lack of credibility in reaching a final and lasting political solution that includes the existence of an independent Palestinian state based on pre-June 1967 borders East Jerusalem.

Fair representation and development of the UNSC will only be achieved through reforms, said the Arab group at a UN session. Speaking at a UN event late on Tuesday, the Arab group’s representative, Advisor at Kuwait’s permanent delegation to the UN Bader Al-Munaikh said that discussions on reforms at the UNSC had continued for the last 24 years and now was the time to implement such reforms at the international institution to enable it to progress.

The current global status quo is very far from the ones in mid-1940s, said the Kuwaiti diplomat who affirmed, on the behalf of the Arab group, the importance of initiating reforms aimed involving more nations in the Security Council membership.

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