UN Human Rights Council 27th Session, Intervention under Agenda Item 7 "Persistent violations of international law lie at the heart of the abysmal human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories."

Mehmet Ferden ÇARIKÇI 22.09.2014
Mr. President,

Persistent violations of international law lie at the heart of the abysmal human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Last summer, a human tragedy unfolded in Gaza before the eyes of the international community. This crisis which caused massive death toll and severe destruction in Gaza has once more mobilized it. Yet another time the international community has to pick up the pieces. This situation is not sustainable. Solving this longest lasting conflict will also constitute a game-changer for other man-made disasters in the region.

Although we welcome the current ceasefire in Gaza, there is a need for further steps to make it durable. A sustainable ceasefire must take into account the legitimate demands and expectations of the Palestinian people. In this respect, ending the blockade and lifting all restrictions on Gaza should be the main priority.

The Palestinian National Unity Government should assume its responsibilities on the whole Palestinian territory. We call upon the international community to support it.

Turkey will resolutely continue its efforts in cooperation with its international partners toward finding a just, comprehensive and lasting solution.

In the meantime, Turkey continues with providing humanitarian assistance to Gaza, including food, medicine and fuel. We are transferring the wounded people from Gaza to Turkey for treatment. We are working on new assistance projects such as supplying electricity to Gaza and building field hospitals.

Moreover, we attach importance to the implementation of the Council resolution adopted on 23 July 2014 and the work of the independent commission of inquiry as well as resuming the conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention.

We would also like to reiterate our support to the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Palestine, which provides an independent witness to the evolving effects of the continuing occupation. We regret that Mr. Makarim Wibisono’s request for access was refused.

Thank you

Atatürk

Sadık Arslan Ambassador

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