M’sia, Indonesia and Brunei join forces for Palestinians

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei have joined forces to get the international community to help resolve the plight of the Palestinian people.

Its three leaders said all must remain resolute in the commitment to safeguarding the two-state solution towards achieving an independent State of Palestine, based on the pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

“We reiterate our solidarity with, and commitment to the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination, and the creation of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine.

“We stand ready to support international efforts aimed at achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the relevant United Nations Resolutions and international law, including humanitarian law, ” Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said in a joint statement yesterday.

The leaders urged the UN Security Council to act urgently and take all possible measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilians throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

They said the international community, and the Security Council in particular, had a special responsibility to call for a cessation of all violence and fulfil its obligation to uphold international peace.

They also requested for a UN General Assembly emergency session to address the grave developments and come up with a Uniting for Peace Resolution to end the atrocities carried out against the Palestinian people.

In jointly condemning the violence, they also expressed concern over the illegal expansion of settlements, and demolition and seizure of Palestinian-owned structures across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

They also unreservedly condemned the flagrant violations of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, perpetrated by Israel through its inhumane, colonial and apartheid policies towards the Palestinians.

“We call upon all parties to exercise maximum restraint, cease attacks against civilians, take steps in de-escalating the situation and to uphold international law and order.

“We urge both parties to accept a temporary international presence in the city of Al-Quds to monitor the cessation of hostilities in the Occupied Territory of Palestine, ” the leaders concluded.

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