UNSC no longer able to ‘rig’ Palestine issue: FM Qureshi – world
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will no longer be able to “rig” the question of Palestine and will have to take a decision.
In an interview recorded after an emergency meeting of 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the question of Palestine and broadcast on Turkish television TRT On Monday, Qureshi said the recent episode of Israeli aggression against Palestine prompted action from those sitting on the fence.
The reaction around the world, he said, was “not expected”.
“No one expected that the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) would be galvanized into action, the Arab League would be galvanized, the NAM (Non-Aligned Movement) would be mobilized and the result would be a session of ‘special urgency of the general assembly, “the foreign minister said, adding that” an unprecedented session has taken place today “.
The session, held last week at the call of the OIC and the Arab League, saw Qureshi urge the UNSC to launch an appeal to end Israel’s devastating violence against Palestinians in Gaza. , saying “it’s time to say enough”.
He reiterated the same thing during his interview at TRT.
The session will send a very clear message to the Security Council that “enough is enough” and that people who believe in fundamental rights must speak up, he stressed. “They can’t sit on the fence anymore.”
When asked to spell out the action he wanted the UNGA, UNSC and the UN Security Council to take, Qureshi replied, “The first thing to do is get a ceasefire. -fire.”
He said his one-item agenda to attend the UNGA meeting was to stress the need for a ceasefire.
“Once that is done, the rest will flow from it.”
A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was reached a day after the UNGA emergency session, ending 11 days of deadly violence that caused widespread destruction in the Gaza Strip and crippled the life in much of Israel. The truce negotiated by Egypt was agreed following growing international pressure to stem the bloodshed that erupted on May 10.
However, hours later, Israeli police fired stun grenades at Palestinians who threw stones and gasoline bombs at officers outside Jerusalem’s flashpoint, the Al Aqsa Mosque.
In his interview with TRTQureshi was also asked about the mention of an international protection force during his speech at the UNGA meeting.
Qureshi told the interviewer that the foreign ministers of the OIC member states who were physically present in New York that day would meet with the president of the UNGA and propose to him the constitution of such a force.
“We will launch the idea and discuss the modalities of it with the president of the general assembly,” he said.
He was further questioned about his views on the responsibility of the United States in Israel’s aggression against the Palestinians, in response to which he replied: “The only power they [Israel] would listen to the United States. “
The foreign minister added that the United States had an influence on Israel and that it should take a more active role in convincing Israel that what it was doing was not acceptable to the world.
On another question, Qureshi drew parallels between the situation in Palestine and in India-occupied Kashmir.
He said that the people of occupied Kashmir are demanding the right to self-determination, just like the Palestinians, that the people of Kashmir are crying about the demographic restructuring and the Palestinians are also fearful of the demographic restructuring, and while the people of the Kashmiri worried about ethnic cleansing, this ethnic cleansing was observed in Palestine.
“[The] The Palestinian cause is one of the oldest issues on the Security Council’s agenda … the other which is just as old [is] Cashmere. Look at the similarities. “