TEHRAN(Basirat): Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday urged the need to push for 'a transparent and independent international inquiry and asking for providing international protection for the Palestinians as envisaged in international humanitarian law'.
Zarif made the remarks addressing an extraordinary meeting of OIC
foreign ministers in Istanbul on the latest developments in Palestine
and the Zionists' crimes against Palestinian people. The meeting of
foreign ministers will be followed by a meeting of the Organization's
heads of states later in the day.
Following comes the full text of Zarif's speech at the meeting:
should begin by thanking the Turkish government for acting promptly to
bring all of us together to consult about the horrific situation
unfolding in occupied Palestine. The outrageous massacre of peaceful
Palestinian protesters in Gaza, which constitutes war crime and crime
against humanity, was the culmination of a new round of malicious acts
undertaken in the past 6 months to suppress the Palestinians who dare to
demand their basic rights. The unlawful announcement by the US
President last December regarding Al-Quds and his dangerous move to
implement that decision on Day of Nakbah, triggered the tragedy and
emboldened the occupiers to embark on a series of cold blooded
massacres, the latest of which included snipers shooting children in the
In the light of the massacre in Gaza, the international
community is entitled to demand an end to the impunity of this brutal
and rogue apartheid regime. It is imperative for our Organization to
reinforce the call for bringing the perpetrators to justice. We need to
take concrete action in the United Nations system, including by pushing
for a transparent and independent international inquiry and asking for
providing international protection for the Palestinians as envisaged in
international humanitarian law. We must also press upon the Security
Council to live up to its primary responsibility. We also support the
efforts by Palestine to bring the issue before the ICC.
close ranks with other organizations, the overwhelming majority of
States, and grass root movements across the globe who are rejecting U.S.
unilateralism, bullying tactics and contempt for international law, and
condemning Zionist occupation and brutality.
While we support the declaration, it should not be construed as recognition of the illegitimate Zionist entity.
Brothers and sisters,
has further emboldened the Zionist enemy is our disunity despite our
common past and common destiny and in spite of all the challenges and
opportunities that bind us together. The defense of Al-Quds now more
than ever should serve as our rallying point, uniting us to create a
strong Ummah, rather than engaging in pointless quarrels.