Is­raeli set­tle­ments in oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries il­le­gal & ob­sta­cle to peace: Sheikha Alya

Il­le­gal Is­raeli set­tle­ments pose a threat to two-state so­lu­tion, says Qatar’s en­voy

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QATAR has re­it­er­ated that Is­raeli set­tle­ments in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries are il­le­gal, an ob­sta­cle to peace and threaten the two-state so­lu­tion.

Qatar reaf­firmed that Is­rael’s de­ci­sion to im­pose its laws, ju­ris­dic­tion and ad­min­is­tra­tion on the oc­cu­pied Syr­ian Arab Golan is null and void and has no in­ter­na­tional le­gal ef­fect. Qatar ex­pressed its re­jec­tion of il­le­gal prac­tices in Golan, which vi­o­late the rel­e­vant in­ter­na­tional res­o­lu­tions.

“A per­ma­nent, just and com­pre­hen­sive so­lu­tion to the Pales­tinian is­sue re­quires se­ri­ous ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the two sides, Pales­tinian and Is­raeli, on the ba­sis of the agreed upon ref­er­ences, the United Na­tions res­o­lu­tions and the Arab Peace Ini­tia­tive, in or­der to es­tab­lish a Pales­tinian state on the 1967 bor­ders with East Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal, and to put an end to the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion of the Arab lands, in­clud­ing the Syr­ian Golan,” Am­bas­sador HE Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Qatar to the United Na­tions in New York, said be­fore the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly at its 75th ses­sion.

She called for an im­me­di­ate and com­plete ces­sa­tion of set­tle­ment ac­tiv­i­ties, the re­turn of refugees, and the restora­tion of the in­alien­able rights of the Pales­tinian peo­ple, with an em­pha­sis on the need not to prej­u­dice the sta­tus quo of Holy Jerusalem and the Is­lamic and Chris­tian sanc­ti­ties, es­pe­cially Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Sheikha Alya said af­ter re­view­ing the re­ports pre­sented to the com­mit­tee the in­ter­na­tional con­sen­sus has be­come ev­i­dent once again to re­ject Is­raeli prac­tices that af­fect those rights, and to re­ject all vi­o­la­tions and breaches of in­ter­na­tional law, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights law and in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law.

She stressed Qatar’s af­fir­ma­tion that the Geneva Con­ven­tion Rel­a­tive to the Pro­tec­tion of Civil­ian Per­sons in

Time of War of 1949 ap­plies to the oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing East Jerusalem, and other Arab ter­ri­to­ries oc­cu­pied by Is­rael since 1967.

She pointed out that Is­rael must com­ply with the de­mands of the Gen­eral Assem­bly in its var­i­ous res­o­lu­tions, as well as lift the block­ade im­posed on Gaza Strip, which is caus­ing the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the eco­nomic and hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion of its res­i­dents.

Recog­nis­ing the im­por­tance of ad­dress­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian and eco­nomic crises in or­der to achieve sta­bil­ity and cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive to peace, she said Qatar will con­tinue to pro­vide hu­man­i­tar­ian and de­vel­op­ment sup­port for the ben­e­fit of the Pales­tinian peo­ple in the oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian ter­ri­tory un­der the di­rec­tives of His High­ness the Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al Thani.

A per­ma­nent, just and com­pre­hen­sive so­lu­tion to the Pales­tinian is­sue re­quires se­ri­ous ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the two sides, Pales­tinian and Is­raeli, on the ba­sis of the agreed upon ref­er­ences, the UN res­o­lu­tions and the Arab Peace Ini­tia­tive, in or­der to es­tab­lish a Pales­tinian state on the 1967 bor­ders with East Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal, and to put an end to the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion of the Arab lands, in­clud­ing the Syr­ian Golan.”

— HE Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani

SHEIKHA Alya pointed out that the con­tri­bu­tions of Qatar through the Qatar Fund For De­vel­op­ment (QFFD) and the Gaza Re­con­struc­tion Com­mit­tee ex­ceeded $1 bil­lion, in ad­di­tion to the con­tri­bu­tions made by civil so­ci­ety in­sti­tu­tions.

“This sup­port has tan­gi­ble ef­fects in ad­dress­ing ur­gent and long-term needs in many ar­eas, strength­en­ing in­fra­struc­ture, re­pair­ing hous­ing, sup­ply­ing elec­tric power and pro­vid­ing jobs.”

She said this year, $150 mil­lion has been pro­vided to ad­dress hu­man­i­tar­ian needs, in­clud­ing fac­ing the out­break of coron­avirus (COVID-19).

Re­gard­ing the United Na­tions Re­lief and Works Agency for Pales­tine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Sheikha Alya stated that Qatar has in­creased the level of its do­na­tion in favour of UNRWA’s ba­sic re­sources. She stressed the im­por­tance of con­tin­ued in­ter­na­tional sup­port for it to ad­dress the fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties it faces.

She con­grat­u­lated the UNRWA Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral Philippe Laz­zarini, on his as­sump­tion of his post this year, af­firm­ing Qatar’s sup­port for him in car­ry­ing out his mis­sion.

Sheikha Alya ex­pressed her be­lief that the gen­eral dis­cus­sion of the items at this ses­sion is a re­newed op­por­tu­nity to reaf­firm the 1960 Dec­la­ra­tion on the Grant­ing of In­de­pen­dence to Colonial Coun­tries and Peo­ples, the Univer­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights and the UN res­o­lu­tions re­lated to de­coloni­sa­tion.

She said the prin­ci­ple of end­ing colo­nial­ism and for­eign oc­cu­pa­tion is one of the im­por­tant prin­ci­ples that the United Na­tions seeks to achieve. She stressed the need to con­tinue seek­ing to reach just set­tle­ments in all cases be­fore this com­mit­tee, in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional law, and in a man­ner that takes into ac­count the specifics of each case separately.

With re­gard to the is­sue of the Moroc­can Sa­hara, she said Qatar -- within the frame­work of its be­lief in set­tling dis­putes by peace­ful means and through di­a­logue - ex­presses sup­port for the ef­forts of the United Na­tions sec­re­tary­gen­eral aimed at fa­cil­i­tat­ing a per­ma­nent and agreed upon po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion.

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