33rd Session of the Human Rights Council - Item 7 - General Debate Intervention by Turkey

Mehmet Ferden ÇARIKÇI 23.09.2016

Mr. President,

Turkey strongly supports the people and the State of Palestine in their efforts to end the 49 year long Israeli occupation. An independent and sovereign State of Palestine within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, is the only way for a lasting peace.

Severe and discriminatory restrictions on Palestinians’ human rights continue. Palestinian people are still deprived of their most fundamental rights, such as freedom of movement, property or a fair trial. The tension in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has risen in the last few weeks and casualties are mounting.

Further expansion of settlements is destroying the possibility for the two state solution. The area allocated to settlements doubled since the 1993 Oslo Agreements. A ring of settlements is expanding with the aim of isolating Jerusalem from the rest of the Palestinian territories.

We are following with great concern violations against the sanctity of Haram Al-Sharif by extremist settler groups, which aim to change the historical Islamic character of Al Haram Al Sharif. It is our firm conviction that the historical status quo of Al-Haram Al-Sharif should be maintained.

Since 2014 the situation in Gaza got worse as reconstruction could not be done in an effective way. In conformity with the longstanding solidarity with the Palestinian people, we have been exerting efforts for the economic progress of Palestine. During 2016 and 2017, Turkey will contribute at least 100 million USD for the reconstruction of Gaza and the sustainable development of the Palestinian economy. We will be focusing our efforts on the urgent needs of the Palestinian people, especially the electricity and water shortages as well as health and housing issues in Gaza. Furthermore, the realization of Jenin Industrial Zone in the West Bank will provide employment to 6.000 Palestinians.

Turkey will resolutely carry out and support all efforts for the settlement of the conflict based on a two state peace vision so that the Palestinian people can live in peace, prosperity and dignity side by side with the State of Israel.

I thank you.


Sadık Arslan Ambassador

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