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NAM calls on intl. community to help improve situation of Palestinians
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c_330_235_16777215_0_http___www.tehrantimes.com_images_stories_famous_02_nam2.jpgTEHRAN – In a statement read out at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, Iran and other members of the Non-Aligned Movement called on the international community to help improve the unjust situation being experienced by the Palestinian people under the Israeli military occupation. 
 
The statement was read out by the Iranian ambassador to the UN, Mohammad Khazaee, on behalf of the NAM member states before the United Nations Security Council during an open debate about the situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine.  
 
Iran assumed the rotating presidency of NAM for a three-year term on August 30, 2012.    
 
Following are excerpts of the text of the statement: 
 
The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory regrettably continues to deteriorate owing to the oppressive, violent practices that Israel, the occupying Power, continues to inflict on the Palestinian people in violation of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law.  
 
The deteriorating situation of the thousands of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, which are being unlawfully held by Israel, the occupying Power, is a matter of grave concern to the Movement. Furthermore, Israel’s violent suppression of non-violent civilian protests against the occupation, particularly against the abuse of thousands of Palestinians in Israeli prisons, including the recent torture and killing of a Palestinian detainee and in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners, as well as against Israel’s settlement, wall and colonization of Palestinian land, has caused extensive casualties and further destabilized the situation and is a matter that preoccupies the Movement.
 
We condemn the continued unlawful detention and imprisonment of thousands of Palestinians, including children, women and numerous elected officials, who continue to be held under harsh, inhumane conditions and subject to physical and mental ill-treatment.
 
The Movement condemns ongoing Israeli settlement activities, which constitute grave breaches of international law and violates numerous United Nations resolutions, including resolutions of the Security Council, as well as other illegal practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. 
 
NAM stresses the urgency of action by the international community to redress the unjust and critical situation being endured by the Palestinian people under Israel’s almost 46-year military occupation.  
 
Mr. President,
 
I shall now speak in my national capacity and I would like to refer to the present political and security situation in the Middle East region which is becoming more and more delicate and risky. There are now more threats from terrorism, extremism, militarization of the region. Under such circumstances, any miscalculation, wrong decision, military intervention would only foment extremism, terrorism and sectarian clashes. This is particularly true with regard to the situation in Syria. Islamic republic of Iran believes that any foreign military involvement against Syria would only exacerbate the crisis and extends insecurity to other countries in the region. Therefore, Iran views that the way out of present crisis lies in strengthening a comprehensive peaceful political process with the aim of establishing first and foremost a cessation of violence between the parties and holding national dialogue between the opposition and the Syrian government for a peaceful political process. The regional countries should cooperate with one another to make this dialogue and national reconciliation possible. To this end, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been actively participating in the talks with regional countries, in particular, Egypt and Turkey. It seems that there is no other alternative if we want to bring back peace and stability to Syria and to the region.
 
Turning now to what was stated by the representative of the Israeli regime at this Chamber against my country; it is not the intention of my delegation to comment in detail what has been stated. I would also like to point out only that the Islamic Republic of Iran has officially declared its commitment to the fundamental principle of the Charter, to refrain from the threat or use of force against any member of the United Nations. The Israeli regime with a dark history of terrorist activities and possessing hundreds of nuclear warheads and known as an outlaw force in the world is better to keep quiet and stop threatening other countries. At the very least, this Council should demand that the Israeli regime abandon its policy of flouting international law and the UN Charter and cease and desist immediately from resorting to the threat or use of force.
 
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