Auza: end suffering in Yemen and Syria, peace between Palestine and Israel
In a statement in the framework of the UN Security Council debate on the Middle East, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN denounced the disastrous humanitarian situation in Yemen in hopes of stopping the flow of weapons in the area, he said his “grave concern” for Syria and urged the full implementation of international resolutions on the Palestinian issue.
Giada Aquilino – Vatican City
This is a global look at the “tragic conflicts” that continue to weigh on the lands and peoples of the Middle East, that of Archbishop Bernardito Auza, permanent observer of the Holy See to the UN, in his statement yesterday in New York before the open debate of the United Nations Security Council on the region, including the question of Palestine.
The humanitarian emergency in Yemen
The latest updates of the Crystal Palace, the Apostolic Nuncio reported, show that in Yemen “the humanitarian situation is still disastrous”: children starving, lack of drinking water, serious damage to the economy, difficult access to humanitarian aid, especially for those who fail to “escape the first lines of war.” September was also the deadliest month of 2019, with an average of thirteen deaths per day. It remains “essential,” reiterated the permanent observer of the Holy See to the UN, a ceasefire already “repeatedly” requested by the Security Council itself to end the “intolerable” suffering of the Yemeni people. In this perspective, the arrest “of the flow of weapons in the region” is expected, because “
The conflict in Syria
He also expressed “great concern” about the crisis in Syria and the recent events in the northeast. A “ray of hope” comes from the “important step” accomplished with the announcement of the first meeting of the Constitutional Committee, called to elaborate the new fundamental letter of the country with the hope of pacifying a land tormented by more than eight years of conflict, planned for next October 30 in Geneva. However, as Pope Francis has recently stressed, it is necessary that “safe, sustained and unobstructed” humanitarian assistance be provided to populations forced to flee since the beginning of October, including children, guaranteeing the “full respect” of fundamental human rights, the preservation of “ethnic identity”
The Palestinian issue
Focusing on the Palestinian issue, almost three years after UN Security Council Resolution 2334 on Israeli settlements, the Apostolic Nuncio recalled that the United Nations had found that the settlements had “expanded”, that the demolitions had been “accelerated,” that violence and instigation “continued,” that the attainment of inter-Palestinian unity seemed an “increasingly distant perspective,” and that credible negotiations were “pending to begin.” This table, added Monsignor Auza, therefore affects the prospects of a “lasting peace” and the solution of the “two States”. To aggravate “even more” tension, a “harmful rhetoric, threats, terrorism and violence, including sometimes
Christians in the Middle East
It is also necessary to do everything possible so that the Holy Places are protected by international law and the status quo of Jerusalem, while registering a “deep concern” – observed the Apostolic Nuncio – by Christian communities “forced to leave” these lands in search of peace and security: their presence and their testimony in these places are of “fundamental importance”. He noted that more had to be done to ensure their protection, not only for the sake of survival, but also from the perspective of integral human development.
Palestinian State with the State of Israel
Recalling that it has been said that the credibility of the Security Council is “eroded” precisely because of the lack of full implementation of the resolutions on the Palestinian issue, the Nuncio said that this seems to be the time when “the decisions taken and the mechanisms already established will be used effectively to achieve the objective of a Palestinian State, living in peace and security with the State of Israel, within safe and internationally recognized borders. “