The representative of Iran asked UN to hold the Israeli regime accountable for its actions and said a comprehensive and just solution to the crisis lies in ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.

Iran PressIran news: Speaking before the Fourth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Mohammad Reza Sahraei Counselor at Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran noted that by approving the draft resolutions, the Special Committee demonstrated its support for Palestine and its intention to hold the Israeli regime accountable for its actions. 

"While many resolutions have been adopted since the beginning of the conflict, Israel’s non-compliance, bolstered by the support of the United States, has prevented the international community from finding a resolution of the crisis," he noted, according to Iran Press.

The representative of Iran then underlined that the Palestinian question must be resolved by terminating Israel’s occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian State.

The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) approved 12 draft texts on Friday, of which 9 relate to Israeli practices in the occupied Arab territories and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The Committee took up a draft resolution titled “Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories”, approving it by a recorded vote of 77 in favour to 8 against, with 79 abstentions.

The resolution demands that Israel cooperate with the Special Committee in implementation of its mandate. It further requests that the Special Committee continue investigating Israeli policies and practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, especially violations of the Geneva Convention, as well as the treatment and status of thousands of prisoners and detainees — including children, women and elected representatives — in Israeli prisons and detention centres within the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Also the Committee approved a draft resolution titled “Assistance to Palestine refugees”, by a recorded 161 votes in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 8 abstentions.

The resolution expresses concern about UNRWA’s severe financial crisis and its negative implications for continued delivery of its core programmes. Also expressing grave concern at the difficult situation of Palestinian refugees under occupation, in particular those in the Gaza Strip, it underlines the importance of assistance and urgent reconstruction efforts. 101

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Nov 17, 2018 09:10 Asia/Tehran
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