Qatar on Thursday stressed its continued commitment and efforts with its partners in the United Nations to uphold the principle of the rule of law at the national and international levels as it is an essential element of conflict prevention and resolution, peacekeeping, and peace-building in the world.
Ali bin Ahmed al-Sulaiti, a member of Qatar's delegation participating in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, said government institutions in Qatar are keen to uphold the rule of law and continuing their efforts to increase the community's awareness of this principle as it is the key factor for achieving equality and justice among all citizens and residents and promoting good governance.
He said the country's leadership attaches special importance to strengthening national institutions involved in the implementation of the principle of the rule of law.
Building on the close link between the rule of law and the three pillars of the United Nations — peace and security, human rights and development — the strengthening of the rule of law requires an environment conducive to the realisation of the aims and purposes of the Charter of the UN which affirms that relations between states must be on the basis of equality and mutual respect.
Al-Sulaiti said the principle of the rule of law had been and remains the cornerstone of the success of international efforts to achieve the goals for which the United Nations was established.
The principle of the rule of law at the national and international levels was not a voluntary choice but an obligation incumbent on all states, in order to provide the environment required to achieve regional and international peace and stability sought by the international community to overcome the internal challenges facing many societies, he said, pointing out that the international consensus on the commitment to the 2005 World Summit Declaration that emphasised the importance of the rule of law as an essential element of conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and peace-building.
Al-Sulaiti said that the international community had recognised that the rule of law would not prevail if human dignity and human rights were not protected and international law was not respected in international relations, as the implementation of the rule of law would make this principle a reality.
He added that the principle of the rule of law is central to the consolidation of international law and respect for fundamental human rights, which have made these principles a cornerstone of the national constitutions, laws and regulations of states that are committed to the rule of law.