2003 News Story

Kingdom addresses UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva

Addressing the 59th regular session of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva yesterday, Prince Dr. Torki bin Mohamed bin Saud Al-Kabir Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs and Head of the International Organizations Department, affirmed that Saudi Arabia would under no circumstances participate in a war against Iraq; and categorically rejects the infringement of Iraq's territorial integrity, sovereignty, independence and internal security, and the subjection of Iraq to military occupation. The Kingdom, he said, expects the war to halt as soon as the provisions of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441 for Iraq's disarmament of mass destruction weapons has been implemented. He went on to state that were the projected goals of the war to be changed or events take another course, the Kingdom's government would then take the appropriate action.

At the same time, Prince Torki said, Saudi Arabia expects that there will soon to effective and serious efforts to forge a settlement of the Palestinian problem according to the principle of land for peace. He went on to reiterate the Kingdom's position rejecting all forms of terrorism and supporting the international war against it. He urged the international community, however, to address the real issues behind terrorism, including violation of human rights, citing human rights violations by the Israeli authorities in the occupied territories of Palestine.