Kuwait con­demns violence against Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity

Kuwait con­demns acts against Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity

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NEW YORK: The State of Kuwait has stressed the need to pro­tect crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture from ter­ror­ist at­tacks, as they con­sti­tute easy and at­trac­tive tar­gets for ter­ror­ist groups. “Threats to in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity are caused by ter­ror­ist acts,” Kuwait’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions Am­bas­sador Man­sour Al-Otaibi said, adding that “the im­por­tance of vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture lies in the fact that it is re­lated to our daily lives, in­clud­ing many civil­ian fa­cil­i­ties, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, emer­gency ser­vices, bank­ing and fi­nance.”

“Each State had the re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­ter­mine the con­cept of crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture and the best means to pro­tect it,” he said. “We in Kuwait are among the coun­tries that have suf­fered the phe­nom­e­non of tar­get­ing vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture. Ter­ror­ists tar­geted a re­li­gious fa­cil­ity in 2015, which left scores of peo­ple dead and in­jured,” he added.

He pointed out that the State of Kuwait has en­acted a num­ber of laws to pre­vent any ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties against the crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture, which are con­sis­tent with rel­e­vant Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions, in­clud­ing the law, in com­bat­ing cy­ber-crimes. He pointed out that the law pun­ishes any­one who has es­tab­lished a web­site for a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion or a ter­ror­ist per­son or pub­lished any in­for­ma­tion on the In­ter­net to fa­cil­i­tate con­tacts with one of its lead­ers or mem­bers, to pro­mote their ideas or to fi­nance them.

He ex­pressed Kuwait’s keen­ness on sup­port­ing the Counter-Ter­ror­ism Com­mit­tee Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­torate (CTED), urg­ing mem­ber states to work to­gether to fa­cil­i­tate tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance, and rais­ing aware­ness in pro­tect­ing vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture from ter­ror­ist at­tacks. He en­cour­aged States to co­op­er­ate with the INTERPOL and the United Na­tions Of­fice on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism.

More­over, Otaibi stressed the im­por­tance of im­ple­ment­ing Res­o­lu­tion 2322 on in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism and other rel­e­vant res­o­lu­tions of the Coun­cil, point­ing out that the State of Kuwait hosted An­tiIS Coali­tion min­is­te­rial meet­ing with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 70 coun­tries and four in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions to de­velop strate­gies and plans to con­front ter­ror­ism.

He said the meet­ing is the first since the de­feat of (IS) in Iraq, adding that it is part of a se­ries of in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences that took place in or­der to build a for­mal coali­tion to de­stroy the IS, which had taken over large por­tions of Syria and Iraq. Otaibi re­it­er­ated Kuwait’s firm stand by re­ject­ing all forms of ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism re­gard­less of their causes, mo­tives and sources.

Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity Mean­while, Otaibi de­liv­ered a speech dur­ing a Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ses­sion on the sit­u­a­tion in Myan­mar, in which he said that Kuwait has con­demned acts against in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions and laws that have taken place in Rakhine State in Myan­mar since last Au­gust, which led to the dis­place­ment of some 650,000 peo­ple from the Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity.

Otaibi stressed the need for the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment to as­sume its pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect its pop­u­la­tion and en­sure that mil­i­tary force is not used ex­ces­sively again in Rakhine State, say­ing that Kuwait ap­pre­ci­ates the great ef­forts ex­erted by the Gov­ern­ment of Bangladesh to host these in­no­cent peo­ple on its ter­ri­tory. “Pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and host­ing refugees and dis­placed peo­ple in dif­fi­cult times is a con­clu­sive ev­i­dence of a sin­cere and no­ble de­sire for all of us to help each other in times of cri­sis,” he added.

Otaibi pointed out that the State of Kuwait in Oc­to­ber last year co-chaired a donor con­fer­ence for the Ro­hingya refugee cri­sis and an­nounced a do­na­tion of $15 mil­lion. He said that this amount con­trib­uted by the of­fi­cial and pop­u­lar bodies comes within the Kuwaiti ef­forts to al­le­vi­ate the tragedy and in re­sponse to in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of Ro­hingya refugees.

“I firmly be­lieve that we should con­tinue to pro­vide such as­sis­tance, which has the po­ten­tial to re­store hope to the af­fected peo­ple. This catas­tro­phe has put a whole gen­er­a­tion of chil­dren on the path of loss, with­out ed­u­ca­tion that sets out their future path or med­i­cal ser­vices that care for their health, right to their homes, ar­eas and homes,” he said.

“Since the Coun­cil is­sued its pres­i­den­tial state­ment last Novem­ber and we con­tinue to fol­low closely the de­vel­op­ments in Myan­mar. We have taken note of the three agree­ments signed be­tween Bangladesh and Myan­mar aimed at the vol­un­tary repa­tri­a­tion of refugees,” he noted.

“This vol­un­tary re­turn can only be­gin after more clear and con­fi­dence-build­ing mea­sures are taken to en­sure a safe re­turn and a de­cent life in Rakhine State,” he stressed. He pointed to some mea­sures that should be taken be­fore the vol­un­tary repa­tri­a­tion of refugees, which are con­tained in the pres­i­den­tial state­ment of the Coun­cil or in the rec­om­men­da­tions of Rakhine State Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, “which we sup­port, and the state­ments of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion.” Among the mea­sure Otaibi said that the Gov­ern­ment of Myan­mar must take all nec­es­sary mea­sures to end the violence im­me­di­ately and to pre­vent the ex­ces­sive use of force against civil­ians in Rakhine State. Otaibi said that the mea­sures also in­clude re­frain from es­tab­lish­ing new camps for dis­placed peo­ple in north­ern Rakhine state, sur­rounded by barbed wire as camps for de­tainees and tak­ing all mea­sures to com­bat in­cite­ment to violence or ha­tred and re­store peace and har­mony among com­mu­ni­ties un­der the rule of law. He added that the mea­sures also al­low the en­try of UN agen­cies and their part­ners and al­low all those in Rakhine State to move freely and un­hin­dered and to be­gin work on the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the af­fected ar­eas in the north of the state, which has been burned, robbed and equip them to en­sure the vol­un­tary re­turn of refugees to their homes.

NEW YORK: Kuwait’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions Am­bas­sador Man­sour Al-Otaibi speaks dur­ing a Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ses­sion.

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