NEW YORK, September 27, 2014 – (WAFA) – Foreign Minister Riad Al-Malki stressed Friday the need for the international community not to shrink from its responsibilities toward the Palestinian people.
Al-Malki made his remarks as part of his speech in the multi-lateral meetings, particularly the foreign ministerial meeting between Group 77 and China, held on the margins of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
“The time has come for the international community to intervene to protect the Palestinian people and confront the situation of where the Palestinians human rights are violated and the infrastructure of the Palestinian state are demolished by the Israeli occupation. The international community needs to show a real political will to safeguard the two-state solution conducive to the establishment of the independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital living side by side with other states in peace and security,” said Al-Malki.
Al-Malki underscored the fact that the Israeli aggression and occupation have prolonged as a result of Israel’s impunity, which has been entrenched by not holding the Israeli occupation leaders accountable for their crimes against the Palestinian people in violation of international law.
Al-Malki also met with the foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). During his meeting, he requested the OIC states to ask Switzerland, in its capacity as the depository state of the Geneva Conventions, to demonstrate its willingness to attend the Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention.
He called the OIC states to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and help fund projects in Jerusalem that would reinforce the steadfastness of the Palestinians, Muslims and Christians alike, in their city. He stressed the importance of boycotting Israeli businesses that help entrench the occupation, especially those operating in the illegal settlements.
Calling these states to support the Palestinian bid to the UN Security Council to set a deadline to end the Israeli occupation, the foreign minister stated: “We won’t allow the Israeli occupation, apartheid and injustice to prolong in our state. It is now the time to end this occupation and enable the Palestinian people to enjoy their basic rights and establish its free, independent and sovereign Palestinian state within internationally recognized borders, where the Palestinian people would be the master of their resources.”