Syria's United Nation's Association this week held a symposium, titled 'Palestine in the League of Nations and the United Nations between 1922 and 2014: A General View, to mark United Nationas Day, held on October 24 each year.
In a speech delivered at the Arab Cultural Center in Abu Rummaneh in Damascus, the Association’s Secretary, Saeed al-Halabi, on his behalf of the Permanent Representative to the U.N., Bashar al-Jaafari, stressed that the Palestinian cause will remain central for Syria.
Jaafari stressed Syria’s adherence to its right to restore the occupied Syrian Golan to 1967 borders, and its rejection of Israeli efforts to change its national, geographic, and demographic features, in a flagrant violation of relevant Security Council resolutions, particularly No. 497.
Syria reiterated its support to the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights, especially the right of return and self-determination, in addition to their right to establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital and full U.N. membership.
Jaafari said the so-called international community, represented by the U.N., has failed to achieve comprehensive and just peace, nor has it forced Israel to respect and comply with hundreds of the U.N. resolutions to end the Israeli occupation, or prevent its crimes against the Palestinians and the Syrian people of the occupied Syrian Golan.
Syria’s representative desribed this failure is "a disgrace to the U.N. and the countries which support Israel while at the same time boasting about international law, democracy, and human rights, the values which we highly respect and which turned to be worthless and neglected when it comes to the just Palestinian cause".
“The problem doesn’t lie in the U.N. Charter’s provisions," he said, "rather it is in the unwillingness of the powerful Western countries to implement these provisions in a manner removed from their double standards."
Jaafari said that the crisis in Syria has exposed the fragility of the U.N. structure and mechanisms, which reveal the fact that it is dominated by a number of states.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer