Oman calls for immediate permanent ceasefire in Gaza

Oman Thursday 20/June/2024 12:12 PM
By: Times News Service
Oman calls for immediate permanent ceasefire in Gaza

Muscat: The Sultanate of Oman has stressed the need for an immediate and permanent ceasefire and an end to human suffering by stopping the aggression and completely withdrawing Israeli forces from Gaza.

 The Sultanate, during a speech delivered by His Excellency Ambassador Idris bin Abdul Rahman Al Khanjari, Permanent Representative of Oman to the United Nations and international organizations in Geneva, within the framework of the interactive dialogue session on the report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel, expressed its reservations about trying to show a balanced position that equates the occupying party with those that have been suffering for more than half a century.

 His Excellency the Ambassador said: "The delegation of the Sultanate of Oman thanks the fact-finding committee for its report, which calls for examining what happened on October 7 and the events that followed it within its context, adding that this history was preceded by decades of occupation and decades of pain, frustration, and deprivation of the most basic legitimate rights to live in dignity."

His Excellency pointed out that the tragic events taking place in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank exposed the reality of the occupying state and its inhumane practices to the entire world, especially among young people who were aware of the deception promoted by the Israeli narrative for decades. These events also showed that our United Nations organization was unable to overcome the policy of double standards due to the dominance of some member states obstruct the implementation of the provisions of international law and interpret them according to their interests, and at the expense of the right of peoples to development cooperation and peace.

His Excellency pointed out that the Sultanate of Oman agrees with some of what the committee reported in its documentation of the war crimes committed by Israel, including the killing of thousands of civilians, children, women, and the elderly, the wounding of more than 130,000, and the starvation and displacement of two million civilians, in addition to the systematic destruction and targeting of civilian facilities, hospitals, schools, and universities. And the rest of the violations referred to.

His Excellency stressed the necessity of opening the crossings and the return of the displaced to their homes, lifting the siege, opening the crossings, accelerating the entry of humanitarian aid and commercial goods, and developing a map for the reconstruction of Gaza.

His Excellency confirmed Oman’s agreement with the committee in its demand that Israel comply with the temporary measures approved by the International Court of Justice, and allow the current or future investigation teams to carry out their work in all affected areas without restrictions or conditions, and grant them the powers and competencies to collect evidence and reveal the facts in order to determine responsibilities and hold them accountable parties proven to be involved in war crimes, genocide, and violating international laws and agreements.