Kuwait puz­zled over re­luc­tance to ad­dress Is­raeli HR vi­o­la­tions

Arab relics’ ex­perts meet kicks off

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait’s Per­ma­nent Del­e­gate to the United Na­tions (UN) Ja­mal Al-Ghu­naim

GENEVA, June 19, (KUNA): A Kuwaiti diplo­mat on Mon­day said that he was be­wil­dered over the selec­tive ap­proaches taken by some na­tions to the is­sue of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in Arab lands oc­cu­pied by Is­rael.

Ad­dress­ing the 35th ses­sion of the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil (UNHRC), Kuwait’s Per­ma­nent Del­e­gate to the United Na­tions (UN) Ja­mal AlGhu­naim said that some na­tions’ re­fusal to join dis­cus­sions over Is­raeli hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions is tan­ta­mount to veiled sup­port of Is­rael.

More­over, he noted that it was im­per­a­tive to have con­tin­ued di­a­logue over the wors­en­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian con­di­tions in Arab lands oc­cu­pied by Is­rael, an is­sue that makes up the sev­enth item on the agenda of the 35th UNHRC ses­sion.

The Kuwaiti en­voy un­der­scored the need for Is­rael to abide by UN res­o­lu­tion 2334, which states that Is­raeli set­tle­ment ac­tiv­ity in Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries is legally null and void.

Al-Ghu­naim also spoke of Kuwait’s hu­man­i­tar­ian obli­ga­tion to sup­port the Pales­tinian peo­ple un­til their as­pi­ra­tions for state­hood and sovereignty come to fruition.

Di­rec­tor of An­tiq­ui­ties and Mu­se­ums at the Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Letters, Dr Sul­tan Al-Deweish, af­firmed on Mon­day sig­nif­i­cance of the 12th meet­ing of the Arab ex­perts com­mit­tee for in­ter­na­tional her­itage which kicked off ear­lier to­day here.

Dr Al-Deweish said in a state­ment to KUNA that par­tic­i­pants in the meet­ing dis­cussed the cul­tural her­itage in the Arab states and plans to safe­guard the trea­sures in ad­di­tion to the an­cient sec­tor of the an­cient city, Jerusalem.

The con­fer­ees will dis­cuss, dur­ing a sec­ond ses­sion sched­uled to­mor­row, Arab land­mark an­cient sites nom­i­nated to be en­listed in the in­ter­na­tional her­itage — namely Al-Khalil (He­bron) town in Pales­tine, the Jor­da­nian town of Al-Salt and Dubai Bay.

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