UNITED NATIONS: Amid escalating violence in Gaza, Pakistan has called for the intensification of international diplomatic efforts for an immediate ceasefire and revival of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks aimed at addressing root causes of the Middle East conflict.
“Violence begets violence; and peace engenders peace. The relentless bloodshed must be stopped and peace talks initiated,” Ambassador Masood Khan,Pakistan’s permanent representative to the U.N., told the Security Council on Tuesday, while condemning Israeli aggression in Gaza.
Expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people, he described the severe civilian suffering in Gaza, and said that the world could not believe the carnage there could not be stopped by the Security Council, the most powerful nations on earth and the influential regional organizations.
The asymmetry of the fight could not be more clear, but military might would not solve the problem, he said in the course of a debate on the Middle East situation. “International diplomacy initiated by Secretary General BanKi-moon, (US) Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian leadership must be intensified.”
A political solution must be achieved, he said, adding the relentless bloodshed must be stopped and peace talks initiated. No ceasefire proposal should be spurned and the two-State solution should be pursued in earnest.
“An independent, viable and geographically contiguous Palestinian State,on the basis of the pre-1967 borders, with Al Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, living side by side with Israel, is the only way to guarantee peace and stability in the region,” Masood Khan said.
He called for a Security Council resolution demanding the immediate cessation of Israeli attacks, end to the blockade of Gaza, opening its border, and release of Palestinian prisoners.
“Children and women of Gaza are crying out for help. This Council must listen to their screams and respond,” the Pakistani envoy said in conclusion.
Source : APP