Sweden: Security Council not doing enough towards Palestinian cause

August 1, 2018 Off By Web Desk

The United Nations Security Council is not doing enough to address the excesses witnessed by the Palestinian cause, which have led to dire and destructive consequences that could lead to further tension, Sweden’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Olof Skoog said on Tuesday.

The solution to the Palestinian issue should be a priority, as everyone is waiting for a peace plan, and no one knows until now what the details are, Skoog told a press conference here at the end of his country’s presidency of the Security Council.

“We are very close to another Gaza war. Almost on a daily basis the tensions are there that could escalate very quickly. So it is a very very dangerous situation,” he said, adding: “And I do not think that the Security Council has done enough about it.”

The ambassador also said the Council had failed to take a humanitarian approach in Gaza, Palestine, spelling out that he does not see any movement forward for resolving the conflict.

We’ve made sure that every member on the Security Council understands exactly what life is in Gaza, he stated.

Skoog said recent events have been moving us away from peace in the region, citing the decision of the United States to move its embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and Israel’s Jewish nation-state law, recently approved by the Knesset. He pointed out that the law does not promote Palestinian participation in the political life in Israel.

The ambassador recalled that Sweden did not approve of the US embassy decision in May, which was met with discord among the international community.

On July 19, Israel’s parliament passed the controversial Jewish nation-state law, which states that the right to exercise national self-determination in Israel is unique to the Jewish people and puts Hebrew above Arabic as the official language.

Source: International Islamic News Agency