Peninsula - 1/4/2006
The State of Qatar, strongly believes in the peaceful settlement of conflicts, and is for the view that violence and counter-violence will not lead to a solution, but will only serve to heighten tension and instability in the entire Middle East region. This came in a speech by Nasser bin Abdul Aziz Al Nasser, the permanent representative of Qatar at the United Nations before the public meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in the Middle East including the Palestinian issue.
Violence undermines the chances of the peace process and exacerbates extremism and terrorism instead of supporting the peace process, which is the only means to a just and comprehensive peace in the region, Al Nasser said stressing that such peace must be built on the basis of international legitimacy and must offer the people of the region security, stability, and peaceful coexistence.
He noted that the current meeting on the Middle East and Palestine assumes a special importance not only because it keeps members of the Council updated on events taking place in a region that is the centre of the world’s attention but also because it expresses the concern of the Council over the situation in the Middle East in general, as well as its serious desire to bring about a comprehensive and lasting peace to the region.
“We, therefore, appreciate holding this plenary meeting, in this regard and my delegation associates itself with the statements of the Arab League of states, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, which will be delivered later,” Al Nasser said. The importance of this meeting lies in its timing: for it is being held at a time when the region is witnessing political changes, be that on the Palestinian political arena under the new government, or in light of the results of the Israeli elections, not to mention the events on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks, Al Nasser added.
The Qatari delegate further said that “early this year, we witnessed a very important event: namely, the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) elections. These elections reflected the free will of the Palestinian people, who exercised their democratic right. Given our belief in the need for the peace process to continue, all parties must respect the result of the constitutional process and accept the authority elected of the Palestinian people.
“Therefore, the Israeli decision to halt the transfer of taxes due to the Palestinian side is considered a punishment of the Palestinian people for exercising their right. This acquires special importance considering the fact that these revenues belong to the Palestinians and failure to transfer them constitutes on evasion of the agreement signed between the two parties in Paris in 1994. This measure will only exacerbate the situation and obstruct the implementation of the road map. We therefore call on the international community to continue providing financial assistance to the Palestinians, so as to avoid any dangerous repercussions on the day-to-day life of the Palestinian people.