STATEMENT by H.E. Ambassador Bui The Giang at the Plenary of the United Nations General Assembly 64th Session on Agenda Item 64 “Report of the Human Rights Council”
11-04-2009, 04:58 pm
by H.E. Ambassador Bui The Giang,
Deputy Permanent Representative of Viet Nam,
at the Plenary of the United Nations General Assembly 64th Session
on Agenda Item 64 “Report of the
Human Rights Council”
New York, 4 November 2009
On behalf of
the Vietnamese Delegation, I would like to thank you for convening this plenary
meeting to discuss the “Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding
Mission” (the Goldstone Report) contained in document A/HRC/S-12/1.
associates itself with the statement delivered by the distinguished Permanent
Representative of Egypt
on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.
international efforts towards regional peace, this year regrettably started with
the Israeli forces’ military incursions into Gaza, leaving thousands of Palestinians
killed or injured amid the wanton ruins of their homes, hospitals, schools,
mosques and other vital infrastructure facilities. Even United Nations premises
and personnel fell victim to Israel’s
heavy and lethal weaponry. The continued imposition of Israeli blockade and
collective punishment against Gaza
has further deepened the Palestinian people’s trauma and plight to this day. And
just tens of miles away, the civilian population in southern Israel have
been living under constant threat of rocket and mortar attacks.
context, following the Report of the Secretary-General’s Board of Inquiry and
the conclusions by the League of Arab States Independent Fact-Finding Committee
on Gaza, we welcome the timely issuance of the Goldstone Report, the related investigations,
and the ensuing decision by the Human Right Council to transmit a resolution
and the Goldstone Report to the 64th Session of the General
Assembly. In this regard, we commend the great efforts by the Fact-Finding
Mission, under difficult circumstances, particularly in the absence of Israel’s
cooperation, to gather the testimony of witnesses and establish facts to ensure
the balanced, comprehensive and objective nature of the report and its recommendations.
We remain preoccupied by the Report’s findings regarding Israeli failure to
take precautious measures required by international law to avoid or minimize
loss of civilian life, injury to civilians and damage to civilian property, hence
flagrant violation of the principle of proportionality and distinction.
Similarly, we share the concerns contained in the Report that the rocket and
mortar attacks were a cause of threat to southern Israeli communities. We
support the Report’s calls for respect for and compliance with international
law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, and its
emphasis on the need to end impunity and establish justice and responsibility
through accountability mechanisms. All these are not only necessary but also
urgent to help avoid the recurrence of reprehensible violations and contribute
to efforts aimed at a peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We
recognize the pledges by both Palestine and Israel to
investigate reported violations and we look forward to their subsequent proper prosecutions.
explosive nature of the regional situation makes it all the more imperative for
the parties concerned to renounce the use of force and acts of violence, and take
necessary steps to ensure the utmost safety and security for civilians,
diplomatic and United Nations premises and personnel as well as humanitarian
workers. Good-faith dialogues and peaceful negotiations remain the only viable framework
to help the parties to put aside military options and overcome confrontation.
We urge Israel to respond to
the international community’s appeals by freezing its illegal activities
related to settlements and the Separation Wall, opening all crossing points
into Gaza and
ensuring the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian assistance and reconstruction
materials therein. We also urge the Palestinian factions to proceed with efforts
for reconciliation and formation of a national unity Government in the interest
of future statehood and the Middle East peace
process as a whole.
Nam reaffirms its steadfast support to the achievement of the two-State
solution and stands ready to further contribute to a just and lasting peace in
the Middle East on the basis of the Road Map, the Arab Peace Initiative, the
Madrid terms of reference, and relevant Security Council Resolutions, including
Resolution 1850 (2008) and 1860 (2009).