The unjust siege of Qatar, which is about to enter its second year, should be lifted immediately, as the fabricated crisis has serious consequences for the security and stability of the region, the United Nations Security Council has been told.
“The unjust siege and arbitrary unilateral measures have been imposed without any legal or realistic justification,” reiterated HE ambassador Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani, Qatar's permanent representative to the UN.
In a statement delivered at the official meeting of the UN Security Council on "the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question", she pointed out that the siege is aimed at achieving special objectives that run counter to the provisions of international law.
“These objectives, which are incompatible with the fundamental principles of the multilateral international order and the basis of friendly relations and human rights, have negative impacts on regional and international co-operation for maintaining international peace and security.”
Sheikha Alia said that in light of the international environment, which is fraught with growing tensions and challenges resulting from the continuation of conflicts and terrorism, the worrying slowdown in crisis resolution, and the challenges facing the Middle East, the region must impose co-operation and response from all to confront them.
“The serious repercussions of this intractable crisis against Qatar on the Middle East and its direct impact on the efforts of your esteemed Council in maintaining international peace and security necessitate the immediate lifting of this unjust siege and the end of unilateral and arbitrary measures against Qatar,” she noted.
Sheikha Alia stressed the importance of dialogue in resolving differences and tensions in accordance with the Charter of the UN, pointing out that this is what Qatar has been demanding since the beginning of the crisis, based on its responsibility as a member of the UN and a key partner of the international community in addressing common challenges.
She reiterated Qatar's commitment to the mediation of the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, and its appreciation to the countries that supported this mediation in order to resolve this crisis.
On the Palestinian issue, she said there is unanimity in the Security Council and in the world that achieving peace in the Middle East will contribute to facing all the challenges facing the region, foremost of which is the elimination of terrorism and that the world can reap the fruits of peace, security and stability in the region.
“The success and strengthening of the prospects for peace in the Middle East required abandoning the imposition of a fait accompli and the imposition of actions and policies contrary to international law, as they undermined efforts to achieve comprehensive peace in this vital region of the international community,” she stressed.
Sheikha Alia highlighted the importance of implementing the resolutions of international legitimacy and responding to initiatives aimed at achieving this goal, which is a strong basis for the success of international efforts.
She said that the Israeli military escalation on the anniversary of the Land Day, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of Palestinian civilians, hinders efforts to achieve peace and constitutes a flagrant violation of international conventions and laws, noting that Qatar reiterates its condemnation of these violations and demands that the international community and the Security Council bear responsibilities to protect civilians.
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