2012-12-01, 12:09:44

     Jakarta, 19 Muharram 1434/1 December 2012 (MINA) – Indonesia, through the speech of its Foreign Minister,used strong words as support for Palestina to be a state at the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, on 29 November 2012.
     “The time has come for the international community to set things right.No longer can the world turn a blind eye to the long sufferings of the Palestinian people,” Dr. Natalewaga pointed out, in his speech in New York, according to a transcript received by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), here, on Saturday.     

     Dr. Natalegawa said there had been the denial to the Palestinian people of their basic human rights and fundamental freedoms. the obstruction of their rights to self determination and to independence.
     He stressed that no longer can the world deny the fact that, despite the enormous barriers erected by the Occupying Power, Palestinians have diligently and with great resolve built the capacity to function as a State.
     “(The Palestinians are) ready to stand equal as any other State in this august Assembly.Ready to unleash its full potential as a positive force for progress,” Dr. Nataleagawa emphasized, adding that there can be no reason, therefore, why the international community cannot endorse the request to accord Observer State status to Palestine.
     Minister Natalegawa reiterated that Palestine was an entity some 24 years ago the Assembly, through its resolution 43/177, had acknowledged as a State.Indonesia is thus a co-sponsor of the resolution before the Assembly.
     “We reiterate the hope that Palestine’s application to full membership in the United Nations will be favourably considered,” said he emphasizing the basic stance of the Indonesian government on the issue, viz “Palestine’s full membership is consistent with the shared vision of a two-State solution.”
     Indonesia believes, he added, that an independent State of Palestine with equal rights and, indeed, equal responsibilities to those of other states, will contribute to the attainment of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
     In his speech, he noted that recent cycle of indiscriminate violence and disproportionate use of force in Gaza, Palestine, serves as a serious reminder of the need for an earnest resumption and acceleration of the peace process. “Of the need, therefore, to create conditions conducive to that process.”
     Dr. Natalegawa made it clear that Jakarta wants an ending to all illegal settlement activities (by Israel), lifting the blockade of Gaza; and thus putting to an end the inhumane policy of collective punishment.
To the Palestinian people, Dr. Natalegawa offered the insights that they need to enhance their inter-Palestinian dialogue at this very historic moment.By according Observer State status to the State of Palestine, “we are signaling the primacy of diplomacy and rejection of violence,” he said.
     On the significance of the role of the UN in the process, Minister Natalegawa said that Indonesia saw the global body was making a strong statement on the need for mutual respect among nations. “We are placing faith in the principle of universality of membership of the United Nations.”
     “And we are beginning to redress a festering historic injustice. And affirm that all of humankind, including the long-suffering people of Palestine, is entitled to human rights and fundamental freedoms,” said Dr. Natalegawa, ending his speech still with strongly-worded concluding statement. (T/R03).

Mi’raj News Agency

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