Pakistan urges UN Security Council to reconsider Palestine’s UN membership

Pakistan has urged the UN Security Council to reconsider and recommend Palestine’s application for full membership in the UN in accordance with overwhelming global opinion. This step, Pakistan believes, would rectify the historic injustice against the Palestinian people and pave the way for the establishment of a Two-State solution.

During the general debate in the UN General Assembly meeting on the use of veto regarding admission of new members, Pakistan’s UN Ambassador, Munir Akram, emphasized that lifting the veto and approving Palestine’s admission to the UN would significantly bolster diplomatic efforts for peace.

Ambassador Munir Akram expressed gratitude to Mr. Dennis Francis for convening the meeting in accordance with resolution 76/262, which mandates the General Assembly President to call a meeting when a veto is cast in the Security Council.

Referring to recent statements by the Israeli Prime Minister, Ambassador Munir Akram warned of serious consequences if Israel proceeded with its plan to attack Rafah. He criticized the impunity granted to the apartheid Israeli regime, allowing it to flout UNSC resolutions on ceasefire and ignore provisional measures prescribed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Ambassador Akram called on the United Nations and the international community to enforce an immediate ceasefire in Gaza; ensure unrestricted access to humanitarian aid; prevent further escalation of the conflict; provide international protection for Palestinians; revive the peace process; and hold Israel accountable for its war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Highlighting the vetoed resolution presented by Algeria on behalf of the Arab Group (document S/2024/312), Ambassador Akram underscored the injustice faced by the Palestinian people in their pursuit of full UN membership. He emphasized that while Israel, one of the partitioned states in 1947, is now a UN member, Palestine continues to be denied admission despite meeting all criteria for membership.

Ambassador Akram outlined the plight of the Palestinian people over the past seven decades, including the denial of self-determination, expulsion from their homeland, and enduring a prolonged and brutal foreign occupation. He condemned Israel’s recent war crimes in Gaza, resulting in the deaths of over 35,000 Palestinian civilians, indiscriminate bombing, and the blockade of humanitarian aid, which the International Court of Justice has deemed as “plausible genocide.”

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