Peace requires political will, courage from all sides: United Nations deputy chief
- Author: Tracy Klein May 18, 2018,
May 18, 2018, 14:59
Following the recent incidents, Pakistani Ambassador to United Nations Maleeha Lodhi on Wednesday called for an independent inquiry into Israeli "state terrorism" in Gaza.
Kuwait, the only Arab nation with a current seat on the United Nations Security Council, circulated a draft resolution Thursday night on "providing global protection to the Palestinian people", following recent violent clashes on the Gaza border in which dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire.
"These events remind us that for far too long the global community has failed to find a just and lasting solution to the plight of Palestine refugees, as it has failed to find a just and lasting settlement of the question of Palestine", she said.
The Arab League also called for an worldwide investigation into the killings at an emergency meeting in Cairo on Thursday.
High profile inauguration of US Embassy in Jerusalem raised the tensions to extreme points.
In addition, Mevlut Cavusoglu called on the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution condemning the relocation of the American Embassy to Jerusalem, because the resolution in the security Council the U.S. will again be able to block.
The issue of Jerusalem is one of the factors in the final solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and it must therefore be resolved through negotiations and related Security Council resolutions, they added. It said the aim should be to "establish the facts and circumstances" around "alleged violations and abuses including those that may amount to war crimes and to identify those responsible".
Friday's special session of the UN Human Rights Council came at the request of Palestine and the UAE, on behalf of Arab countries in the council.
Special rallies and gatherings are being organized to express solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine and to condemn Israel's state terrorism in Gaza.
It calls for measures to guarantee the safety of Palestinian civilians, including the deployment of "an worldwide protection mission".
Israel's violent crackdown on the protesters has drawn widespread criticism, with Kuwait urging a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the situation along the Gaza-Israel border.
Responding to criticism from the United Nations human rights chief at a debate that is likely to end by setting up an inquiry into recent violence, she said the Council had returned to its "worst form of anti-Israel obsession".