2002 News Story

Saudi Arabia urges UN Security Council to stop Israeli actions

Saudi Ambassador to United Nations Fawzi Shobokshi, in an address in New York yesterday at the special UN Security Council session on the situation in the Middle East, stressed that it is time for the Council to shoulder its responsibilities to counter Israeli threats to international security and peace as a result of its "oppressive and terrorist campaigns" against the Palestinian people. The international community, he said, cannot stand by with hands tied, when faced by the deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territories. He called for UN pressure to be brought to bear on Israel to stop its aggression, comply with international humanitarian law, and implement the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention. Ambassador Shobokshi also called for Israel to lift its siege on the headquarters of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, and for Israeli troops to withdraw to where they were prior to September 2000.