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Statement by
Ambassador Kairat K. Abdrakhmanov,
the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan
at the United Nation Security Council open debate
on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question
January 20, 2014, New York

Mr. President,
On behalf of my country I would like to warmly welcome His Excellency, Mr. Nasser Judeh, the Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs of Jordan and congratulate him for his countrys election to the Security Council and on assuming its presidency this month. I also take this opportunity to welcome the newly elected members (Chad, Nigeria, Jordan, Lithuania and Chile), as well as, express appreciation for those who have completed their work on the Council (Togo, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Guatemala).
I offer my gratitude to Jordans presidency for the timely convening of this open debate.
Mr. President,
My delegation aligns itself with statement made by Permanent Representative of Djibouti on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. I my national capacity I would like to inform that while chairing the OIC in 2011-2012, Kazakhstan, supported by all the OIC member states, endeavoured its best to contribute to the peace process in the Middle East and overcoming disputes between the various parties to the conflict. One of the strategic goals of Kazakhstans Chairmanship of OIC was to support Palestines aspiration to take its rightful place as a full member of the United Nations.
Under Kazakh leadership, the OIC dispatched its first ever delegation to the Holy See to raise the issue of Palestinian sovereignty over the property of the Catholic Church in the occupied territories. We have also actively promoted the Palestinian cause in a number of international fora, and now my country, in its national capacity, is eager to continue to contribute to the international action in this direction.
From the very beginning of the conflict in Syria, Kazakhstan has expressed support for all possible opportunities to arrive at a mutually acceptable formula to achieve peace between the parties. We see that the conflict is still prevailing despite relentless international efforts to halt it, and to reach an acceptable solution based on international law, as demonstrated by the sincere determination of all parties concerned. In this regard, it is earnestly hoped that the Geneva-2 peace talks will bring tangible results to the process. The entire world, including my country, looks forward to achieving a balanced and widely agreed solution.
Another worrying situation is the increasing impact of the Syrian conflict on the security and multi-ethnic diversity of Lebanon. We welcome the support to the country in strengthening its institution to function according to the rule of law and bring to end all forms of impunity.
Kazakhstan welcomes the start of the process to eliminate Syrias chemical weapons stockpile and hopes that there will be no delay beyond the end-of-June deadline for the total removal of all such materials. We believe that the Syrian Government will extend its full and constructive cooperation in this respect to the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations.
We are confident that these joint steps by the Syrian Government and the multilateral community serve as yet another political and practical measure to mitigate pressure in the region.
Mr. Chairman,
The persistence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to threaten regional and international peace and security, the negative implications of which are not confined just to this region, but are felt well beyond and across the globe.
Kazakhstan stands for a peaceful settlement of the problem based on the international law, including abiding by pertinent Security Council resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative. We support efforts of the Quartet to restore the Israeli-Palestinian negotiation process to identify borders based on the principles of peaceful coexistence of both states. Kazakhstan will continue rendering its support to the stabilization process in the Middle East as an integral part of the establishing peace and security in the region.
We recognize the legitimate right of the Palestinian people for self-determination, the creation of an independent State of Palestine within the 1967 borders, peacefully co-existing with Israel. We also advocate efforts on obtaining full-fledged membership of the United Nations.
Kazakhstan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and, in this regard, supports the aspiration of all the people of the region to live in security. In this regard, my country welcomes the efforts aimed at reaching reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas as a key prerequisite for consolidation of the Palestine people.
Kazakhstan hopes that the efforts of co-sponsors of the peace process, the international and regional organizations, as well as, the goodwill of the participants engaged in the negotiation process will lead to the achievement of a lasting and just peace in the Middle East.
I thank you, Mr. President.