Gaza, 7 December 2023 (TDI): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates welcomes the initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, in his call to hold a session of the Security Council to assume its responsibilities for an immediate ceasefire against the backdrop of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.
The initiative is based on Article 99 of the United Nations Charter and considers it a very necessary step that is consistent with the missions, entrusted to the Council and international legitimacy institutions, and is consistent with widespread international warnings about the repercussions of the humanitarian catastrophe that befell Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip as a result of the genocidal war waged by Israel.
I have invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter, a first during my tenure as Secretary-General. The humanitarian system in Gaza is on the brink of collapse. I urge the Council to prevent catastrophe by declaring a humanitarian ceasefire, said Secretary Antonio.
On the other hand, the Ministry strongly condemns the attack and incitement carried out by the occupying state and its officials against the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and considers it political terrorism to discourage the Secretary-General of the United Nations from performing his role and carrying out his duties in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, international law and human rights principles.
The Ministry calls on world leaders and countries to support Guterres’ initiative and to rally around it to push the Security Council to fulfill its obligations and decide on a ceasefire.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates reiterates the urgent need for immediate and concerted action by the international community to quell the escalating crisis in the region, safeguard the lives of innocent civilians, and uphold the principles of peace, justice, and international law.