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STATEMENT by H.E. Ambassador Le Luong Minh, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam, at the Security Council Open Debate on “The Situation in the Middle East, Including the Palestinian Question”
03-25-2009, 05:04 pm

Mr. President,

I join others in thanking Under-Secretary-General Lynn Pascoe for his detailed briefing. I welcome and thank the Delegations of Palestine and Israel for their participation in this debate. Viet Nam aligns itself with the statement to be delivered by Cuba on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Mr. President,

The serious engagement over the past month of Palestinian factions in a dialogue process mediated by Egypt has led to the establishment of five committees working on national reconciliation issues, the successful outcome of the Cairo international conference on the reconstruction of Gaza, and the further efforts of the Palestinian Authority to improve socio-economic rehabilitation and reconstruction, especially in the face of the devastating global financial crisis. These developments, however, remain overshadowed by the extent and scope of the challenges that persist in the region. We condemn Israel’s continued military activities and bombardments, its ongoing construction of the Separation Wall and its expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank. In the same vein, we condemn the rocket attacks against Israeli civilians.

         Mr. President,

Already pauperized by a more than 20-month blockade and a tight regime of closures and restrictions on movements that date back to the early 1990s, the Palestinian population in Gaza have been driven by the unprecedented aggravation and hardship in the aftermath of the war to the limit of human suffering. The recent tragic events in Gaza only further prove that violence will and can never be a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. At this politically delicate juncture, pending the formation of a new government in Israel and the outcome of reconciliation efforts among Palestinian factions, we call upon all the parties concerned to opt for peaceful rather than military means for settling their disputes, desist from any action detrimental to innocent civilians, and return to the process of negotiations toward a two-State solution to the conflict. We underline the pressing need for full implementation of resolution 1860 (2009), especially with regard to a durable, lasting and fully respected ceasefire, the opening of border crossings, and intra-Palestinian reconciliation. The role played by the UN, the League of Arab States and regional countries remains essential in this connection.

We support collective efforts aimed at addressing the heavy casualties and damages to the physical life and psychological well-being of the Palestinian people, the immediate post-conflict needs of affected families, and facilitating long-term recovery and rebuilding in Gaza. We commend UN agencies, particularly UNRWA, and other humanitarian organizations for their bravery in rendering emergency assistance to Gazans and urge the parties concerned to extend fullest cooperation in facilitating humanitarian activities. We urge all parties concerned to respect international humanitarian and human rights laws in all circumstances. In this connection, we welcome the Secretary-General’s initiative to dispatch the Board of Inquiry to Gaza and look forward to the report on the results of its investigations.

Mr. President,

A lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East cannot be disassociated from concurrent progress on other related tracks. We note the steps taken by the Government of Lebanon to assert full authority over its territory, strengthen the country’s political stability and socio-economic development, and normalize relations with regional countries. We join the Secretary-General in condemning the recent terrorist attack against PLO personnel in Lebanon and request that culprits be brought to justice. We call upon all parties in Lebanon to refrain from violence, build on the general momentum of national unity and reconciliation created since the signing of Doha Agreement in May 2008, and concentrate efforts on ensuring that the parliamentary elections scheduled for 7 June 2009 will be conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner. While reiterating our support for the full implementation of resolution 1701 (2006), we stress the imperative for all parties concerned to work together to peacefully tackle such outstanding issues as Israel’s intensified air violations of Lebanese territory and continued occupation of the northern part of Ghajar village and an adjacent area north of the Blue Line, the unresolved status of Shab’a Farms, as well as the environmental contamination and civilian casualties due to Israel’s failure to provide the technical strike data on the cluster munitions and landmines used earlier by its forces.

I thank you, Mr. President.

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