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STATEMENT: QUESTION OF PALESTINE, 2 DECEMBER 2020 [ITEM 38]

STATEMENT BY 
H.E. SYED MOHAMAD HASRIN AIDID 
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF MALAYSIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS

ON ITEM 38: THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE

AT THE PLENARY MEETING OF 
THE 75TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

NEW YORK, 2 DECEMBER 2020

 

Mr. President,

The question of Palestine has been synonymous with the United Nations. It has been a subject of numerous hours of discussions and negotiations. Yet, the Palestine issue remains unresolved. It continues to be the source of instability contaminating harmony in the region and poses a dangerous threat to international peace and security.

2.  As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the organisation this year, there is an urgent need and renewed efforts to find a just and lasting solution to the conflict. Malaysia remains steadfast in advocating for the resolution of the question of Palestine based on the established and internationally agreed parameters, in unison with international law, UN Charter, and relevant resolutions. We will continue to support the the legitimate quest for the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

3.  Malaysia too remains committed in supporting the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). We call upon all Member States to urgently contribute to the Agency in meeting the critical humanitarian and development needs of 5.7 million Palestinian refugees in the region, particularly in our common fight against the deadly pandemic. 

Mr. President,

4.  I wish to reiterate my Prime Minister’s call at the recent General Debate last September in which he specified essential steps towards realising a peaceful solution to the conflict.

5.  First, Israel must end its occupation of Palestinian lands and withdraw its troops from the Occupied Palestinian Territory and surrounding Arab states. 

6.  Second, Israel must cease all of its illegal settlement activities as demanded by Security Council resolution 2334. The acquisition of any territory by war or force is inadmissible and illegal. In this regard, Malaysia would like to recall that, on 16 June 2020, the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967 and 47 other independent experts of the UN human rights system issued a statement expressing that the annexation of the occupied territory was a severe violation of the Charter of the United Nations, the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and contrary to the fundamental rule affirmed by the General Assembly and Security Council.

7.  Third, it must allow Palestinian refugees their right to return to their land and property. 

8.  Fourth, it must restore the original status of Jerusalem. 

9.  And Fifth, Israel must re-establish its credibility and revert to the negotiating table with Palestine. Malaysia believes that the only viable way forward is a negotiated two-state solution. In this context, Malaysia supports the international community's call, including by the UN Secretary-General, for the Middle East Quartet to find a mutually agreeable path for the parties to re-engage towards a negotiated peaceful settlement.

Mr. President,

10. Yesterday, we observed the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The occasion should serve as a reminder that this organisation was created on the principles of ensuring the presence and practice of human rights, justice, peace, and respect for international law for all, including for our Palestinian brothers and sisters.

11.  Let me conclude by reaffirming Malaysia’s solidarity and unequivocal support to the Palestinian people in their decades-long pursuit for justice, dignity, and self-determination and in making a just peace a reality.

I thank you.