20 January 2014
Statement by H.E. Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee
Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
Before the United Nations Security Council
On the “Situation in the Middle East: including the Question of Palestine”
In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
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Now I wish to make a statement in my national capacity.
At the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People”, the international community should exert outmost pressure on the occupying power, the Israeli regime, to end its aggressive and expansionist policies and non-adherence to international law, norms and principles.
This year, the Security Council should fulfill its long overdue responsibility in full support of all inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, by compelling the occupying regime to withdraw from all Palestinian and other Arab territories.
With no doubt, the continued inaction by the Council would only lead to more atrocities by this regime which, in the past 65 years, has waged over 10 wars against all its neighbors and still continues threatening countries of the region, and uninterruptedly commits savage attacks against peoples under occupation, in particular defenseless women and innocent children, as documented by the competent international organizations and strongly condemned by the international community, including even the advocates of this regime.
This regime which is the only one in the region that possesses all types of Weapons of Mass Destruction but is not a party to any of the treaties banning them, should also be compelled to join such treaties, in particular to accede to the NPT, without any further delay and precondition, and place all its nuclear activities under the IAEA comprehensive safeguards, in order to remove the only obstacle for the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East proposed by Iran in 1974.
Over the past several months, Middle East witnessed the escalation of foreign-backed terrorist acts in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, targeting hospitals, schools, religious sites and diplomatic premises and claiming the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians, including one diplomat of the Iranian embassy in Beirut, as a result of a terrorist attack committed by a terrorist group led by a Saudi citizen. In a new development, 2 days ago also another Iranian diplomat was martyred in Yemen in a terrorist attack.
With no doubt, these are only some of the examples of the catastrophic impacts of violent and extremist narratives. Those developments proved the very timely act of the General Assembly, in rejecting the violent extremism and promoting moderation and tolerance, through the consensual adoption of the resolution entitled “A World against Violence and Violent Extremism” at the last days of the year 2013, which was proposed based on the idea presented to the Assembly by H.E. President Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
We firmly believe that the recent strong support of the international community for the efforts of the Iraqi government against terrorist groups should also be extended to Syria through placing the question of “combating terrorism” in the agenda of Geneva II Conference. Likewise, every effort should be made to end the ongoing conflict and to support a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political process in order to allow Syrian people to freely determine its destiny.
I thank you Mr. President.