MALAYSIA CAN USE POSITION IN UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO HELP MEDIATE ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia can use its position as a non-permanent member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council to help mediate the protracted Israel-Palestine conflict.

Palestine Foreign Minister Dr Riad Malki said as a member of the council, Malaysia would have an advantage in bringing in key issues in world affairs today to the attention of the international community.

He said over the years Malaysia had always been consistent in lending its support towards a just solution and lasting peace for the Palestinian people.

“The conflict is escalating with no end, that is why we need to raise awareness to make people understand the struggle of the Palestinian people.

“I raised the issue when I met Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak recently; we hope this new cooperation could help formulate a new framework towards a peaceful future,” he said in a forum on current political developments in Palestine and the Middle East, organised by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) here today.

Malaysia assumed the presidency of the United Nations (UN) Security Council for the second time on Aug 1 since its election as a non-permanent member of the Council for 2015-2016.

Maliki said in the present situation, the best approach in handling the conflict was not through force but constant engagement with international organisations and agencies.

He said, domestically, the Palestinian government had been campaigning for peaceful popular resistance and were against violence.

“I personally think our engagement has been successful, we couldn’t have reached the position we are today without the support of the international community like Malaysia, Jordan, Turkey and many more who have shown support and solidarity to the Palestinians.

“We have limited resources as to compare to the superiority of the Israeli; we do still believe this (peaceful means) is the right approach,” he said.

Source: Name News Network

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