Presidency Backs Saudi Position on Security Council

RAMALLAH, October 19, 2013 (WAFA) – The Palestinian presidency Saturday expressed support for a call by Saudi Arabia on the United Nations Security Council to play a more effective role in  resolving world conflicts, including the Palestinian issue.

“The Palestinian presidency and while it supports the position of the Kingdom (of Saudi Arabia) regarding the necessity of the Security Council to assume its duties in preserving security, peace and the rights of people, expresses its gratitude to King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz for his wise and right calls to turn the Security Council into an effective and strong organization,” said the presidency.

“On this occasion, the Palestinian presidency highly appreciates the political and economic support granted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Palestinian people and their just cause,” it concluded.

Saudi Arabia turned down on Friday a UN General Assembly vote to become a non-permanent member of the Security Council for two years starting January 1 citing failure of the UN body to resolve global conflicts including the Palestinian issue, the Syrian war, and freeing the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia believes that the manner, the mechanisms of action and a double standard existing in the Security Council prevent it from performing its duties and assuming its responsibilities toward preserving international peace and security as and when required,” a Saudi Foreign Ministry statement said.

This has led to the “continued disruption of peace and security, the expansion of injustices against people, violation of rights and the spread of conflicts and wars around the world.”

The ministry said: “The current continuation of the Palestinian conflict without a just and lasting solution for 65 years, which resulted in several wars threatening international peace and security, is irrefutable evidence and proof of the Security Council’s inability to carry out its duties and assume its responsibilities.”