Rafael Ramírez: The question of Palestine is the most resounding failure of the Security Council
The Venezuelan diplomat delivered his statement at the Security Council Open Debate, in which the Secretary-General of the Organization, Ban Ki-moon, presented a detailed report of the situation on the ground.
“This Council has disappointed millions of Palestinian people that have trusted for more than 60 years in this organ as guarantor of international peace and security, in the search for a solution to this conflict. However, the occupation and colonization of Palestinian territories not only continues, but it moves forward, taking a toll on lives and permanent violence”, stated Ramirez.
In this regard, Ramirez explained that the main obstacle for the consolidation of peace in the Middle East is the stalemate of the peace process between Israel and Palestine, which affects the stability in the region.
The Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory are illegal and have experienced a 250% increase in 2016, compared to the same period in 2015; even so, the Security Council has not condemned this situation.
Ramirez condemned the arbitrary arrests against underage victims, as well as the murdering of civilian population in the hands of Israeli security forces.
“The occupying Power must commit to put an end to all sorts of aggressions against the Palestinian people, such as killings, extrajudicial executions, administrative detentions, demolitions and expulsions, collective punishment, land expropriation, and all those violations to human rights and to international humanitarian rights used by the occupying Power to oppress the Palestinian population”.
The Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations emphasized that some members of the Security Council are responsible for the inaction surrounding the Palestinian situation.
Moreover Ramirez reiterated the request of Venezuela of including Palestine as a full member of the United Nations, and stressed the need to reach a two-State solution, based on internationally recognized borders.
"United Nations, now, in the 21st Century and for the third millennium, should focus all of its efforts, to the utmost, on moral, intellectual, scientific, social, cultural, economic and financial order, in the fight against the demons of hunger, poverty and death that scourge our planet."
"We will take with us to the UN a voice that repudiates terrorism and speaks out in favour of world peace; that respects the sovereignty of peoples and has the credit of the 181 countries who voted for us, not as an imperialist power that conquers peoples, but with our Bolivarian vision of peace and the right to exist."
"We must speak clearly and firmly on this point: during the United Nations’ 70 years of existence, the Palestinian people have faced a constant lack of respect for the most basic rights, and it is shameful that this organisation has known about the situation since it was founded and to date no political solution to the conflict has been reached"
"Venezuela will now, more than ever, be an active voice in the defence of the sovereign equality of nations; in particular of the inalienable rights of the peoples of the South to development and peace"