The United Nations has been urged to enforce the principles of its charter effectively without adopting double standard by Saudi Arabia. It also criticised the use of veto power by some permanent members to block the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions.
Addressing the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said,
“The Saudi government emphasizes the need to put the principles embodied in the Charter of the United Nations into actual and effective practice in a non-selective manner and without any double standard,”
“The important reforms in this field include restriction of the use of the right of veto by requiring permanent members to undertake not to avail themselves of this right in order to veto measures designed to ensure the implementation of resolutions previously adopted by the Security Council,”
“In fact, the Israeli occupation seems to remain as the only colonial polity after the decline of colonialism and the end of policies of ethnic discrimination,”.
“My country played an active and effective role in supporting the peace process throughout this period, participated in all the international peace conferences and presented the Arab Peace Initiative, which was adopted not only by the Arab states but also by the Islamic states as a whole and was supported by almost all the countries of the world,”
He also said: “The Arab countries hope that the direct talks between Palestinians and Israelis will achieve their objectives in light of the invitation of the international Quartet, which affirmed the terms of reference on which there is an international consensus.
“The moment of truth has come and the crossroads are clearly and plainly visible to us all. This was eloquently expressed by the American President Barack Obama when he said that the window for a two-state solution may be closing soon. The consequences of failure this time are too catastrophic to imagine.”
“We all hope that the government of Israel will take this valuable opportunity to respond, albeit belatedly, to the Arab overtures for peace and to the international consensus based on the necessity of applying the two-state solution in order to put an end to this sanguinary conflict that has been constantly threatening international peace and security for the last six decades,” he added.
“We call on Iran to respond positively to these efforts, which will end the crisis and dispel international doubts about its nuclear program,” Prince Saud said.
He also said: “My country is deeply disturbed by Israel’s refusal to accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, as a result of which Israel’s nuclear programs, being outside the scope of international control, pose a grave threat to the region’s security and stability and reinforce the prevailing impression that the international endeavors made in this regard lack credibility and cannot be taken seriously since they are tainted by double standard and selectivity.”