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Palestine: Kuwait proposes UN resolution!

UNITED NATIONS: Kuwait has proposed a draft resolution to the UN Security Council, calling for consideration of establishing an international protection mechanism for Palestinians in the face of Israeli violence.

The draft, which was submitted to the 15-member Council on Tuesday, and could come up for vote possibly on Thursday, is expected to face a US veto, diplomats said.

France and Britain, the two US allies who also hold veto power, have claimed that the proposal fails to clearly define the scope and objective of the mission.

It calls for the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories and the Tel Aviv-blockaded Gaza Strip.

The draft requests that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres present a report within 60 days over recommendations on how to protect the Palestinians.

More than 110 Palestinians have died since March 30, during Israel’s crackdown on protests at the fence separating Gaza from the Israeli-occupied territories.

The new document is a revised version of the draft Kuwait, a non-permanent member of the Security Council, had submitted to the Council in mid-May when the Israeli regime killed some 60 Palestinian protesters in Gaza in a single day as the US was inaugurating its embassy in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

The earlier version had sought an outright demand for the establishment of such mechanism. Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon slammed the proposed resolution as shameful and said it was designed to help the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, which runs Gaza.

Later on Wednesday, the UN Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting at the request of the US in the wake of what Washington and Tel Aviv call “Palestinian aggression” against Israel. 

A relevant piece published earlier:  AJK President Sardar Masood Khan Monday emphasized the need to establish lasting peace in South Asia, without any preconditions and resolving all outstanding issues, especially the issue of Jammu and Kashmir through dialogue, negotiations, and mediation all within the framework of the United Nations.
The AJK President made these remarks while addressing the inaugural session of the International Peace Studies Conference 2018 organized by the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) held at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria, says a message received here today.
President Masood Khan while speaking to his audience said that even though, the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) has been deployed in the region to help monitor the situation along the Line of Control yet there was a dire need to make it more functional and effective.
Underlining the need to resolve the issue of Kashmir – the core conflict in South Asia –  the President said that this dispute must be resolved through engagements and dialogues between the two neighboring countries while giving unqualified prominence to the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, and safeguarding their human rights. “The use of force and violence is not a solution to this dispute”, he said.
President AJK that chronic conflicts must never be dispatched to the back burner of history but instead due to their sensitivity and volatility they must figure prominently on the UN Security Council’s horizon.
The President urged that the UN’s primary role in maintaining peace cannot be ignored especially in the areas with long-standing conflicts and for this, he proposed:
Firstly, the Security Council should proactively encourage and guide parties to the dispute to engage in negotiations, mediations and arbitrations as well as other legal means, as provided in Article 33 of the UN Charter; but if the parties fail to settle the dispute by such means, they should refer it to the Security Council in accordance with Article 37.
Secondly, the Council should uphold international law, especially international humanitarian law and human rights law to maintain international peace and security.

Thirdly, the Council should proceed, unhampered by selectivity and realpolitik, against instances of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity; and in this regard constitute commissions of enquiry and fact-finding missions.
Lastly, a method should be devised to ensure implementation of and compliance with the Security Council resolutions. Members should be obligated not to act unilaterally and violate or erode the Council’s solemn pledges and resolutions.
President Masood Khan highlighting the importance of multilateral organizations like the UN, said that peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding are part of a continuum of preventive diplomacy and amongst the three, peacemaking in accordance with Chapter VI of the UN Charter is the most important element because to keep and build peace, there must be some semblance of peace in the first place.
The UN, he said, has had considerable successes in many strife-torn zones and regions, like Timor-Leste, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Burundi, Kosovo, and Haiti despite the fact, that there is no guarantee of success due to the challenging and volatile environments in which peacekeeping missions operate.
The President explained that despite these successes the UN has not succeeded in bringing stability and security to many regions and countries like Somalia, Rwanda, Libya, Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, Central African Republic and chronic conflicts like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Palestine, and Kashmir, have not yielded to
any solution.
The pressing need, said the President, is to approach issues of global impact with absolute impartiality, aloof of any political and strategic interests and to not fall a victim to real politic. He said reformations in the UN strengthening it through democratizing decision-making processes in the UNSC is needed. He added that the Permanent Five should distance itself from monopolizing and dominating the action on long-standing persistent issues like Kashmir, Palestine, Korean Peninsula, Syria, Ukraine which have a graver and wider implication on global
peace and security.
The session was also addressed by Michael Spindelegger former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Austria; Emil Brix, Director, Vienna School of International Studies; Kishore Mandhyan, Director for Peacekeeping, UN; Mike Hardy, Director Coventry University Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations; Walter Feichtinger, Austrian National Defence Academy; Farid Zarif former UN Under-Secretary General and Coordinator UN Operation Liberia-UNMIL; Mohammad Nizamuddin, Chairperson, Punjab Higher Education Commission; Lucia Mokra, Dean Social and Economic Sciences Comenius University of Bratislava; Mauro Miedico, Chief Terrorism Prevention, UN Office on Drugs and Crime; Goran Bozicevic , Center for Peace Studies Croatia; Walter Kemp, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe; Heinz Gärtner, International Institute for Peace; University of Vienna and Afsar Rathore, former Programme Coordinator UN, the message added. (28th May, 2018)

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.