Newyork, October 22, 2014 (PPI-OT): At the United Nations Security Council today Pakistan called for urgently reviving peace negotiations and political process with clear goals, timelines and benchmarks in order to resolve the issues in the Middle East. Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, while participating in the debate on Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question, said that Pakistan fully support the two pronged strategy of “spare no effort to rebuild Gaza and spare no time to jump-start peace talks”.
Pakistan appreciated the pledges of US$ 5.4 billion made in Cairo to rebuild Gaza, but cautioned that the region would remain vulnerable, if the status quo continues. Ambassador Khan recalled that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the General Assembly last month said, “the United Nations should facilitate a just and lasting solution of the Palestinian issue, based on the relevant UN resolutions.”
He said that sustainable peace in the region was not possible without establishing an independent, viable and contiguous state of Palestine, with 1967 borders and Al Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.Ambassador Khan said that the Security Council failed to fulfil its responsibility, as Gaza was burning and 2,100 of its citizens were killed, one third of them women and children. He said that an overwhelming majority of the international community continues to support a clear path towards full Palestinian statehood and sovereignty.
Ambassador Khan said that in Syria and Iraq, the international community has been challenged to face down the rising tide of primeval barbarism and criminality and that the so-called Islamic State does not draw its authority or writ from any religion. ‘We must all, collectively, oppose and defeat its evil ideology of ‘hate, murder and destroy’. We must remain united in our fight against this new face of terrorism and violent extremism,” he added.
Pakistan envoy said that the United Nations and regional players should use all diplomatic means at their disposal to prevent further deterioration. “It is now clear that if the Syrian conflict had been addressed two years ago, we would
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