Pakistan reaffirms the importance of this important Agenda Item. The Right to SelfDetermination is a basic human right which is enshrined in the UN Charter and Common Article 1 of the two Covenants. It is unfortunate and regrettable that in some parts of the world, including in Palestine, millions of people have been denied this fundamental human right for more than seven decades.
The long-suffering Palestinian people continues to face well-entrenched and systematic violations of their fundamental human rights at the hands of the Israeli occupation.During the past seventy years, they have been driven from their homes and their homeland, militarily occupied and obliged to live in conditions resembling apartheid
The systematic aggressions and attacks against Al-Aqsa Mosque by the occupying power calls for public mobilization at all levels to protect it and to thwart the Israeli plans aimed at controlling and dividing it.This is inhumane and a clear violation of the UN charter for freedom of religion.
We regret that Israeli settlement activity, characterized by house demolitions, forced evictions of families and communities, and building new colonies, in grave violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016) continues with impunity.
We also take note of the recent update by the OHCHR on the Database of companies involved in settlement activities, requested in March 2016. We remain concerned that the mandate established in 2016 has not been fulfilled. We urge the Office to publish database without any further delay.
In his address to the recent OIC Summit in Makkah, Prime Minister, Imran Khan, reaffirmed Pakistan’s steadfast support to the Palestinian cause including the establishment of a two-state solution with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital. There is no other pathway to peace.
The international community must take urgent action to resolve the longstanding dispute of Palestine by supporting the two State solution on the pre 1967 borders, based on a free and secure State of Palestine with Al-Quds Al Sharif as its capital, living side by side and in peace with all its neighbours. We also urge Israel to end the illegal occupation of all occupied Arab territories, including Syrian Golan and Shaba forms in Lebanon, and stop theviolations of thehuman rights of their people.
I thank you.