Remarks by the DPR Albana Dautllari at the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East including the Palestinian question

Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you Special Coordinator Wennesland for the account of the events.

I would like to start on a positive note and commend the parties for the understanding reached in the Sharm el Sheikh meeting last Sunday. We are encouraged by the level of participation not seen in nearly a decade. We are hopeful that meetings under such formats will continue and they will help de-escalation and lowering tensions on the ground, especially now that the region is approaching the religious festivals.

We further praise the role of the United States and Jordan in facilitating the meeting and Egypt for organizing and hosting it.

We hope that the engagement of the parties under the Aqaba format will help them to refrain from actions that would only worsen the situation.

Mr. President,

Besides the commitment of the Israelis and Palestinians to engage in lowering tensions, there is also another reality. The situation in West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza remains an issue of great concern.

The events in Jenin and Nablus have affected a big number of civilians. The sad reality is that in the course of last three months we have witnessed an increased of death toll of victims among civilians from both parties not seen for years.

We are deeply disturbed that children have been also innocent victims of the increasing violence and call for such trends to be stopped immediately. Protection of civilians is an obligation under the international humanitarian law, and it must be fully observed, by all and in all circumstances.

Albania strongly condemns the terrorist attacks against Israel and all acts of terror on civilians. This is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

Since the beginning of 2023, we have witnessed an alarming increased number of terrorist attacks on synagogues in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and terrorist attacks on civilians. Such acts must be condemned and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

Nothing can justify terror and terrorist acts and we will unequivocally support the right of Israel to self-defense with proportionate measures.

President,

Albania is also deeply concerned by the violent attacks of settlers in the West Bank. Demolitions, acts of violence against private properties must be stopped and those responsible must be held accountable. People cannot and must not be allowed take the law into their hands.

We reiterate our principled position that the settlements are illegal under international law, and any decisions for their further expansion will not contribute to the so much needed restoration of a perspective for a political horizon.

Because this is what the parties need: a political horizon for peace, an avenue of dialogue, and as parties themselves agreed on Sunday, we welcome their intentions to cooperate with a view to consolidating the basis for direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians towards achieving comprehensive, just and lasting peace.

Therefore, we call on the parties to abstain from unilateral steps and focus on confidence building measures.

While the whole region is preparing for celebrations, we reiterate the utmost importance of peaceful co-existence between the three Abrahamic religions. The status quo of the Holy sites must be upheld as agreed and with respect to the custodianship of the special role of Jordan.

In closing, I would like to reaffirm Albania’s full support to a negotiated two-state solution, in which a secure and safe Israel lives side by side in peace and security with a viable and democratic Palestinian state and with Jerusalem as the future shared capital.

We believe that only a solution through two states for two people would enable and guarantee both sides, the Israelis and the Palestinians, to live as neighbors in safety and security and enjoying freedom, justice and dignity.

I thank you!

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