Saudi Arabia on Friday accused UN Security Council members and world
powers of practicing a double standard while dealing with
“How can these
countries call for the protection of civilians during military
conflicts while they vote against a decision to protect those
civilians?” Saudi Arabian English daily Arab News quoted
Khaled Al-Nafeesi, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the
United Nations as saying.
He was referring
to the rejection by some UN member countries of the Goldstone report
on Israeli excesses against the Gazans during its three-week-long
assault of Gaza early this year.
Goldstone and his commission members found that Israel had
flagrantly violated the international law by killing 1,170
Palestinian civilians during the 22-day conflict, the Saudi official
said while addressing a special session of the UN Security Council.
“Had such a
commission been set up some 40 years ago and a thorough
investigation conducted about Israeli atrocities since then, we
would have received a very painful report that would have been
shameful for Israel,” Al-Nafeesi said. He said Saudi Arabia upholds
the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity, political
independence and noninterference in the internal affairs of other
members of the UN Security Council to take into account the views of
countries that don’t have permanent seats on the council in order to
strengthen its credibility and effectiveness and enhance the
openness and transparency of its work.
“In order to
achieve this goal, the Council members, especially the five
permanent members, should have political will, firm determination
and sincere desire,” he said, adding that these countries bear the
responsibility of realizing the aspirations of member countries and
their peoples without any bias.
for equal treatment in the protection of civilians during armed
conflicts without prejudice toward different races or nations. “We
should end double standard in this regard.”
He said the debate
on the issue of the protection of civilians must not be restricted
to the Security Council but should also be done by other UN