New York, While stressing its support to efforts of peace in the Middle East and other areas of the world, the Sultanate of Oman underscored the fairness of the Palestinian cause and the legitimacy of Palestinian people’s demands for independence.

In a speech before the United Nations (UN) 76th session here, Oman supported the two-state solution and the Palestinian people’s call for the establishment of their own state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the International Law, resolutions of the Security Council and the Arab Peace Initiative.

At the UN session, dedicated to Clause 39 (Palestinian file), Dr. Mohammed Awadh Al Hassan, Oman’s Permanent Representative to the UN, said, “This is not the first time that the UN meets to discuss the Palestinian issue, which remained a key issue on the UN agenda since 1945.”

Oman said that, despite all international resolutions issued by the Security Council and global support for the termination of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the occupation still persists, and so do settlement practices and other forms of exacerbation and provocation that arouse Palestinian sentiments, especially where it pertains to sacred lands.

Oman expressed its anxiety over the perpetuation of the policies of aggression, settlement, military escalation and atrocities against Palestinian people, especially women and children, noting that such practices do not serve peace.

“Israel’s lack of respect for the International Law and the international community’s inaction in shouldering its responsibilities towards the Palestinian people have been the main reason why so many immeasurable violations were committed against the Palestinian people and their capabilities. These practices caused real tragedies to the Palestinian, who have become isolated from the world—a situation that should not go unchallenged,” said Oman in its speech.

The Sultanate of Oman reiterated its advocacy to the option of peace and urged Israel to take steps towards peace in a manner that paves the way for a new era of cooperation and coexistence among peoples of the Middle East and set an end to the conflict which, it said, negatively impacted stability and development in the region.

At the conclusion of its speech, Oman also urged the international community to work together for the establishment of a fair and lasting peace in the Middle East to help safeguard the interests and rights of all parties. “The strategic option of a peaceful settlement to the Middle East conflict cannot be realized without respect for the International Law and recourse to justice,” said Oman.

Source: Oman News Agency