PUTRAJAYA MAY 17: The Malaysian government has urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to exercise its primary responsibility of maintaining peace and security in the region and to make full use of available tools to avoid escalation of violence and to prevent further loss of life in Palestine.
The UNSC was urged to play its role effectively by Malaysia through Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein at an open Video TeleConference (VTC) debate on the situation in the Middle East yesterday.
Hishammuddin had highlighted three key points at the VTC that includes: 1) The Security Council must act immediately and fulfil its duties under the United Nations (UN) Charter. 2) The Security Council must speak with one voice and swiftly and decisively respond to the series of Israel aggressions. 3) The Security Council to revisit the recommendation contained in the Secretary-General’s report in 2018, A/ES-10/794, on the deployment of UN-mandated armed forces or unarmed observers to improve the protection of Palestinians.
The Foreign Minister said: “On that note, Malaysia is disappointed by the UNSC’s inability to come up with a unified position to halt Israel’s violence against Palestinians. This is the third session of the UNSC this week and yet, not a single statement has been released on the current situation in Palestine.”
He added, in the absence of the Security Council’s unified action, Malaysia in line with our joint call with Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia urges the General Assembly to convene a Special Session to immediately end the hostilities. The UN must force Israel to comply with all obligations by international law as well as the UN Charter.
Hishammuddin stressed that Malaysia condemns in the strongest terms the incursion, indiscriminate and escalating attacks by the Israel Occupation Forces and Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians and worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“Malaysia also condemns in the strongest terms all forced evictions of Palestinians from their homes, including those in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem.
“Malaysia will never recognize any blatant seizures of Palestinians land by Israel for their illegal settlements,” Hishammuddin said. –Malaysia World News