No regional peace if Palestinian, Kashmir remain occupied: Pakistan warns

United Nations, October 20 (KMS): Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, Munir Akram, has warned that the Middle East and adjacent regions will not see durable peace while the people of Palestine and Kashmir continue suffering under occupation, and he advocated for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Munir Akram in a statement submitted to the UN Security Council said, this oppression of the Palestinians, Kashmiris and other Muslim populations are a major underlying cause of the rise of extremism and terrorism in recent decades.

“Just solutions to such oppression and injustice is essential to defeat and eliminate the terrorism which has spread across and beyond the Middle East,” the Pakistani envoy said as the 15-member Council debated the situation in the Middle East.

He said the two-State formula, involving the establishment of a sovereign, contiguous and viable Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side-by-side with Israel within recognized boundaries, offered the only solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Munir Akram said Israel’s actions in the occupied Palestinian lands were grave violations of Security Council resolutions and international law, citing its seizure of land and properties for Israeli settlements; the violence against unarmed Palestinian children, women and men; the blockade of Gaza; the desecration of Holy Al-Aqsa. Also, he said there was no moral, legal or political equivalence between Israel, the occupying state, and the occupied and oppressed Palestinian people.

“The Palestinian struggle for self-determination and implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions is legitimate; the Israeli repression of the occupied Palestinian people is illegitimate,” the Pakistan envoy said.

“Israel cannot rule indefinitely over a defiant Palestinian majority indefinitely. The peoples of the Arab and Muslim world, and other civilized nations, will not contemplate such outcomes,” Ambassador Akram added.

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