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The meeting was called to order at 3.05 p.m.
Agenda item 11 (continued)
Report of the Security Council (A/56/2)
Mr. Aldouri (Iraq) ( spoke in Arabic ):
The maintenance of international peace and security, for which the Council is responsible, has not been accorded the attention its requires in conformity with the provisions of the Charter and the principles of international law. Indeed, we can say that the Council has failed to find just solutions to certain problems directly related to international peace and security. In this respect, I would refer specifically to the question of Palestine.
One member of the Council has made the issue of Palestine impossible to solve, even in its human dimension. The people of Palestine are subject to murder, displacement, destruction and direct colonization by a brutal force supported by a super-Power. Is it not the Security Council’s responsibility to protect these people, who are struggling for their liberation and usurped rights? If the Council cannot even provide humanitarian protection, how can the international community trust it to find a political solution to the Palestinian question, in accordance with the principles of international law and the United Nations Charter?
Mr. Al-Malki (Bahrain) (spoke in Arabic ):
In Africa, bitter wars continue to kill innocent civilians in Rwanda, Angola, Congo, Sierra Leone and other countries. While the Council’s response and effectiveness were not adequate for the magnitude of these events, the same is true of the conflict in the Middle East, where the Council has failed to implement the resolutions that it itself adopted and that, if implemented, would have put an end to the killing and the confiscation by Israelis of Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967. The failure of the Council to find a permanent solution to this question is proof of the paralysis and inactivity of this main organ of the United Nations.
The meeting rose at 4.55 p.m.