5 November 2012
Statement by Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran,
Third Committee of the 67thSession of the UNGA
Agenda item 67b: Rights of peoples to self-determination
New York, 5 November 2012
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
At the outset, my delegation would like to thank the Secretary-General for preparation of the report, contained in document A/67/276, providing a summary of the developments relating to the consideration by UN human rights mechanisms of the right of peoples to self-determination. Invoking to mission of Mr. Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian territories, carried out to assess, inter alia, the efforts to realize the Palestinian right of self-determination.
The Secretary General’s report once again reaffirms that the right of Palestinian people to self-determination is the inalienable right as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and embodied in article 1 of both international human rights Covenants.
The report reminds us that at its nineteenth session, held from 27 February to 23 March 2012, the Human Rights Council considered the question of the realization of the right of peoples to self-determination under agenda item 7 and adopted resolution 19/15 on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. The Council reaffirmed the inalienable, permanent and unqualified right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.
Despite these affirmations and recognitions stipulated in the numerous Security Council and General Assembly resolutions within more than 6 decades, Palestinians are still deprived of their natural rights to exercise self-determination on their own territory. In spite of international outrage and clear demands in those resolutions, the flagrant violation of human rights and international law by the occupying power still continues unabated in the Palestinian occupied territories.
We have witnessed that denial of their unassailable rights has caused, and continues to cause, violation of human rights, suffering and instability in the world.
Regrettably, the Regime of Palestinian Occupied Territories continues to defy these rights and perpetuate massive abuse of human rights of Palestinian in the occupied Palestinian territories including killings of innocent civilians, arbitrary detentions, collective punishments, and other restrictions against Palestinian people.
The international community shall not remain indifferent to this travesty of justice and humanity. Hence, as members of the international community, we should do some soul searching to determine our capacity to tolerate the extent of life, blood and misery that Palestinians must pay for the liberation and self determination they deserve.
Consideration by the General Assembly and its mechanisms of the “Question of Palestine” is a reminder of the historic responsibility of the international community, represented by the United Nations, to support the just and rightful struggle of the Palestinian people for the establishment of a national homeland, and comprehensive and just resolution of the issue in all its aspects. However, measures so far taken by international community have been inadequate. We should act collectively to demonstrate our unqualified support to the cause of the Palestine in the one hand, and to save the image and the credibility of the United Nations on the other hand.
We are of the view that, as long as this question is not thoroughly addressed and fairly resolved, peace could not prevail in the region as a whole. It is now, more than ever, obvious that the Question of Palestine constitutes the core of the Middle East conflict and without reaching a just and comprehensive solution to this Question, the Middle East will remain plagued by instability and tension.
We believe that the root cause of the problem should be dealt with. In Palestine, like every where else, a just and durable peace could only be secured through a democratic process on the future of the democratic government of Palestine. To this end, all original inhabitants of Palestine including Moslems, Christians and Jews as well as the Palestinian refugees who live in diaspora in refugee camps under precarious conditions should be able to enjoy their inherent rights to self determination and participate in a democratic process for determining the destiny of their ancestral homeland.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.