Syria's ambassador to US statement at the UN General Assembly
Syria-Palestine, Politics, 12/1/2004
Syria's Permanent Representative at the UN, Faisal Miqdad, said that despite all efforts by the international community represented by the UN, there is still no real hope that herald the end of the Palestinian people's ordeal or the establishment of their independent state and the return of their legitimate rights.
In a statement delivered at the 59th Session of the UN General Assembly overnight on the Palestinian issue, Miqdad called on the international organization to shoulder responsibility over the Palestinian issue to reach a just and comprehensive peace and end the continuous Palestinian tragedy.
Miqdad added that the continued Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories has turned into a sort of ugly colonialism that denies the Palestinians their rights and freedoms.
He said that Israel has so far killed around four thousand Palestinians, wounded more than 50,000 and arrested 6,000 people over the past three years, including more than 350 children and 75 women who are suffering in inhuman conditions in Israeli prisons.
The Syrian representative added that the international community agreed that it is impossible to reach a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East unless all the UN resolutions, particularly 242 and 338 and the land-for-peace principle have been implemented.
He asserted that "while the Arabs are fully committed to the peace process and the international resolutions and Madrid terms of reference, Israel has always resorted to maneuvers, intransigence and ignored peace requirements."
Miqdad said the international community is called on to take a firm stance towards "Israeli anti-peace policies," and to enable the Palestinian people attain their legitimate rights.
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