Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Security Council draft statement on Jaradat's death

Morocco proposed this draft statement in the Security Council but the Council members couldn't reach an agreement on it, diplomats said. 

Draft elements to the press
l- The members of the Security Council expressed their serious concerns about the death of a Palestinian man, Arafat Jaradat, in Israeli detention on 23 February 2013, following his arrest on 18 February and about the circumstances surrounding his detention and death. They took note of the preliminary Íindings of the autopsy that Was conducted on Mr. Jaradat’s body, With the participation of Israeli and Palestinian experts. They called for an independent and impartial investigation into this tragic incident as soon as possible.
2- The members of the Security Council recalled the international human rights and humanitarian law obligations towards all Palestinian prisoners and detainees being held by Israel, the occupying Power, and called for full respect of these obligations. In this connection, they also stressed the obligations towards those being held by Israel in administrative detention, including several Palestinians on hunger strikes, Whose deteriorating health conditions are of concern and Whose plight is in urgent need of a humane solution.
3- The members of the Security stressed the need for a de-escalation of the situation on the ground and called for a cessation of all acts of provocation, incitement and Violence. They called for immediate efforts by all concerned parties to diffuse the current tense situation in order to avert further destabilization, to preserve calm, and to salvage the prospects for reviving peace negotiations towards the achievement a just, lasting and comprehensive solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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