26 July 2011
H.E. Ambassador Eshagh Al Habib
Deputy Permanent Representative of the
Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
Under the agenda item entitled
“The Situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine”
Security Council of the United Nations
26 July 2011, New York
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
At the outset, I wish to express our appreciation for convening this important open debate at this critical juncture on the developments in the Middle East. The meeting would surly provide us with an overview on the current state of affairs in the region and the path forward to bring peace to the Middle East.
The question of Palestine, since its occupation till today has remained one of the biggest challenges and problem of world. This occupation forms the most painful and the biggest tragedy of humanity in modern history. More than six decades of massacre, demolition of houses, imposition of embargos, abduction and imprisonment the people, attacks on neighbors and others and violation of international law and international humanitarian law has come after this occupation.
The Israeli regime continues to defy international law in its pursuance of unlawful and inhuman blockade against the Palestinians, particularly in the Gaza strip, which has entered its fifth year. The recent report by UNRWA indicates that the “broad unemployment in Gaza in the second half of 2010 reached an unprecedented 45.2 percent, one of the highest rates in the world.” The seizure of another civilian boat “El Karama” by the Israeli regime is yet another violation of international law. This inhumane blocked is a source of grave concern for the people all over the world who expressed their support for humanitarian moves such as the “Freedom Flotilla” and “El Karama” and called for the immediate lifting of Gaza blockade.
States supporting Israeli regime have brought about shame for themselves because on the one hand they claim that they are advocating human rights and international law and international humanitarian law and at the same time they support the occupation and illegal settlement and all violations committed against international law by the brutal regime occupying Palestine. In the history of the Israeli regime there is nothing but crimes, killing men, women and children, the use of banned weapons and stockpiling nuclear weapons, blind assassinations, attacks on civilians and aid convoys in international waters, and war crimes in Lebanon and Palestine, all these inhumane acts have become routine doings of the occupying Regime. There is no doubt that the support to this regime is tantamount to the support for the occupation, massacre, assassination and violation of human rights.
Attaining a peaceful and just settlement of the question of Palestine is imperative for the realization of comprehensive and lasting peace and stability in the Middle East and beyond. In our view a lasting peace in Palestine and the region will be possible only through justice and by putting an end to discriminatory and racist policies and ending the occupation of Palestine and other occupied territories. Today, we are witnessing that more and more States are joining the ranks of those who have already recognized Palestine as an independent State. This is a very clear indication that the cause of Palestine is getting a new momentum.
On Syria there are evidently attempts in creating sectarian sensitivity and denominational tensions and divisions, a known tactic used by hegemonic regimes. Such mischievous attempts are worthless and vain attempt and would have no effects in the stability in the country. The enemies of humanity did not and do not want the people in Syria to remain united, independent, and developed. But the people in Syria know that the key to their independence and dignity is unity and resistance against mischievous and subversive attempts.
The Israeli regime has persisted on its aggressive policies towards Lebanon by constantly violating its land, sea and air space and refusing to withdraw from Lebanese occupied villages. These occupations and acts of aggression should stop immediately.
Before concluding, I would like to react to the reference made to my country by the Representatives of the Israeli regime. It is no wonder that by leveling baseless allegations against Iran’s nuclear program, the Zionist regime has preposterously attempted to deflect the attentions from its long and dark catalogue of crimes and atrocities such as occupation, aggression, militarism, state-terrorism, and crimes against humanity. It is a widely recognized fact that Israeli regime’s clandestine development and unlawful possession of nuclear weapons poses a uniquely grave threat to regional as well as international peace and security. The Israeli regime has clearly defied the demand of the overwhelming majority of the UN member States that have, time and again, called on this regime to renounce nuclear weapons and accede to the NPT. Regrettably, the inaction of the relevant United Nations organs in dealing with such Israeli policies and practices has emboldened this dangerous regime. It is expected from the Council to condemn Israeli regime for the possession of nuclear weapons, compel it to abandon nuclear weapons, urge it to accede to the NPT without delay, and demand this regime to place promptly all its nuclear facilities under IAEA full-scope safeguards. Indeed, peace and stability cannot be achieved in the Middle East where the massive Israeli nuclear arsenals continue to threaten the region and beyond.
Thank you Mr. President.