File photo: Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the UN.
Bangladesh has urged the international community to take a firm stance regarding the Palestine question and to recognize an independent State of Palestine with rightful place in the United Nations (UN).
"The international community must make genuine efforts to address the root causes of the Palestinian crisis, and put an end to the Israeli aggression," said Bangladesh's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Rabab Fatima.
Speaking at the plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the agenda item- Question of Palestine on Wednesday, Fatima said Israel's compliance with all international human rights and humanitarian laws, and relevant UN resolutions, including resolution 2334 (2016) must be ensured.
"The continuation of the Palestinian debate here is a stark reminder of the international community's failure to protect the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people", she added.
Ambassador Fatima reiterated Bangladesh's unwavering and steadfast support to the just cause of the people of Palestine for an independent,viable, and sovereign Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, under a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders.
She referred to the deteriorating situation in occupied Palestinian territory due to demolitions and seizures of homes and structures, and expulsions, forced displacement and bloodshed of Palestinians by the Israeli occupation forces.
Ambassador Fatima said that these were blatant disregard to UN resolutions and international human rights and humanitarian law.
The Bangladesh Ambassador said that the culture of impunity must end and the perpetrators of the atrocity crimes committed against the Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory must be held accountable.
She commended the work of UNRWA and emphasized on addressing the urgent humanitarian needs of the Palestinians including the COVID-19 recovery.
The Bangladesh Permanent Representative called upon the international community to act in a way to achieve a just, lasting, comprehensive and peaceful solution to the Palestine question through the recognition of an independent State of Palestine with its rightful place in the United Nations.
“The continuation of the Palestinian debate here is a stark reminder of the international community’s failure to protect the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people”, she added.