New York, 11 January 2023 (TDI): Ambassador Usman Jadoon, while speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, said that Pakistan backs South Africa’s initiative to bring Israel’s transgressions under Genocide Convention to International Court of Justice.
Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to United Nations New York, Ambassador Usman Jadoon on Tuesday took the floor at General Assembly to speak on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.
Discussing the South Africa’s initiative against Israel the Ambassador stated that Pakistan also looks forward to the Advisory Opinion of International Court of Justice on the legal consequences arising from policies and practices of Israel in Occupied Palestinian territory.
Furthermore, he warned that failure to halt the Israeli war poses an imminent risk of escalation that could engulf the entire region. He reiterated Pakistan’s call for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire.
The root cause of this crisis lies in Israel’s prolonged occupation and denial of Palestinians’ inalienable right to self-determination. Israel’s brutal campaign against the occupied people of Palestine struggling for their freedom cannot be justified under guise of self-defence.
Israel’s refusal to stop the slaughter and impede the supply of humanitarian assistance, coupled with forced displacements in Gaza, represent blatant violations of established international law.
Ambassador on the use of veto by the United States in Security council said that the United Nations Security Council has been paralyzed due to the resistance and negative vote of a permanent member.
This latest exercise of the veto reinforces our conviction that the reform of the Security Council should not add more permanent members to its composition.
Ambassador Usman Jadoon during his speech termed Israel’s war in Gaza a brutal, veritable genocide.
South Africa approached the International Court of Justice under the Genocide Convention with respect to acts committed by Israel in the context of its attacks on Gaza.
The ICJ will hold public hearings on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by South Africa in the case South Africa v. Israel on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 January 2024.