Friday, October 27, 2023 9:29 PM
A historic speech delivered by Ambassador Osama Abdel Khaleq, Egypt’s representative to the United Nations, to the General Assembly, in which he emphasized the need to protect the Palestinian people and ensure aid reaches the Gaza Strip, which has been in transit since October 7 under siege .
Egypt’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly on the situation in Gaza
Egypt’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly
He said in his speech at the United Nations on the war in the Gaza Strip: “The truth is clear and needs no explanation, if we all used one standard, and not two standards, which is not aimed at civilians, not at terrorism, and international laws, bombing hospitals, killing children, blockades and cutting off the necessities of life.”
He added: “No to the forced displacement of Palestinians in Gaza, both internally and externally, and we demand the necessity of activating international protection for the Palestinians. The policy of siege and hunger has no place in the 21st century.” century, and deprivation of humanitarian aid under these circumstances is a death sentence for the people of Gaza, and any attempt at displacement of the Palestinian people must be met with determination and we must reaffirm our categorical rejection of it.”
He continued: “Egypt will continue its efforts to reach a ceasefire, protect civilians and mediate the release of detainees and prisoners,” stressing: “If we fail to end the war on Gaza To stop now would drag the region into a devastating regional war.”
Ambassador Abdel Khaleq emphasized that Egypt has devoted its efforts and time to issuing a clear position from the General Assembly on the violations and crimes witnessed in the Palestinian territories.
He further said, “We do not want to be a mute devil who remains silent about the truth at a time when many voices are reluctant to speak the truth.”
Pointing out that silence is no longer an option, and that he is fed up with what is happening to the Palestinian people, he explained that what is needed are the simplest moral values, the simplest principles of international law and the simplest political and political interests. diplomatic norms in situations of armed conflict.
He emphasized that it goes without saying that when situations of conflict and tension erupt, the United Nations system must work towards establishing a ceasefire, which does not represent prejudice against any party or support for terrorism, but rather innocent saves blood and prevents further escalation. and affirm the ability of the United Nations to fulfill its role in preserving the most fundamental human right: human rights are the right to life.
He pointed out that this right was forgotten by human rights defenders who, with justifications for the continuation of the war, became directly complicit in the violations that took place.
He explained that the failure to take effective and immediate measures to stop the war in Gaza will inevitably lead to fanning the flames of terrorism and pushing young generations into the arms of extremist ideology.
He pointed out that it would be a serious and chronic mistake not to start from the fire of this crisis to revive a serious peace process that addresses the roots of the current crisis and leads to a two-state solution.
He pointed out that Egypt will remain a leading country in establishing peace in the Middle East, in its tireless efforts to achieve a ceasefire, protect civilians, access humanitarian aid and to mediate in the release of hostages, detainees and prisoners.