Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia issue own statement in Apec, call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

An Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip is seen from southern Israel on Friday. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

SAN FRANCISCO: Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia called for an immediate durable and sustained humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip.

The three member economies welcomed the 2023 Apec Economic Leaders’ Golden Gate Declaration that reflects consensus on all economic issues of common concern.

However, given that the Chair issued a separate Chair’s Statement on aggression in Ukraine, Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia decided that they would do the same with regards to Gaza.

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"We therefore agreed to issue the following statement to give a better and fair reflection of the discussions on the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza during the Apec Economic Leaders’ Meeting.”

The three countries noted with grave concern the immense human suffering and the adverse impact of wars and conflicts around the world.

"We underscored that conflicts can have significant consequences for the global economy.

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"We called for an immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip,” said the joint statement by the three countries.

They underscored the need for an immediate, continuous, sufficient and unhindered provision of essential goods and services to civilians throughout the Gaza Strip.

"We reaffirmed that a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be achieved by peaceful means, based on the relevant United Nations resolutions including the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/ES-10/L.25 and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2712 and in accordance with international law, on the basis of the two-State solution, based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.” - Bernama

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