Saudi Arabia calls for an end to Israeli obstruction in U.N. statement

September 26, 2009

The many daunting crises faced by mankind today can only be solved on the basis of international legitimacy, international law and multilateral cooperation, Saudi Arabia declared in its statement to the 64th session of the U.N. General Assembly. “Adherence to this criterion offers the easiest, best and most effective way to settle the Arab-Israeli conflict, which is rightly deemed to pose the most serious threat to peace and security in the Middle East,” the statement added.

The Kingdom stressed that the Arab Peace Initiative is still on the table and constitutes a collective, comprehensive proposal to end the conflict with Israel. However, “All the initiatives, proposed solutions and international endeavours in this
regard have invariably run up against a wall of rejection, obstruction, bad faith and
procrastination on the part of Israel,” it lamented. “Unfortunately, no real results or notable signs of progress have been achieved in spite of the commendable endeavours of the United States of America, the evident personal desire of President Barack Obama and his team to further the peace process, and the ongoing efforts of the International Quartet.”

Saudi Arabia repeated its call for making the Middle East a nuclear-free zone, castigating the world for turning a blind eye to Israel’s nuclear weapons program.

Moving on to anti-terror efforts, the statement declared, “Protection of human rights, the rule of law, dissemination of a culture of peace and initiatives to promote dialogue among cultures and peoples should constitute basic components of any effective strategy to combat terrorism and extremism.” It pointed out the numerous steps taken by Saudi Arabia to facilitate intercultural dialogue, promote moderate attitudes and educate people on the peaceful nature of Islam.

Regarding the world economic crisis, the Kingdom called for reform of the international financial system and the recognition of the interdependence of world markets. Touting its own initiatives to assist the global poor, it called upon other countries to help create more economic opportunities for the disadvantaged.

Finally, Saudi Arabia stressed the need for reform at the U.N. itself: “The Kingdom supports the call for reforms to secure broader membership of the Security Council in such a way as to improve geographical representation and promote transparency in its work in a manner consistent with the need to maintain due credibility, avoid double standards and ensure respect for, and compliance withits resolutions.”

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