During the emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the "situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question", Ambassador Sofiane Mimouni, permanent representative of Algeria to the United Nations and president of the Arab group in May, called on the Security Council to "assume its legal, moral and humanitarian responsibilities and immediately put an end to the aggression by the occupying forces and to provide international protection to the Palestinian people.”
Speaking on behalf of the Arab Group, Mimouni said that "the crimes committed by the occupying power against the Palestinians, in particular the inhabitants of occupied El Quds, aiming at evicting them from their properties, are the main causes of this escalation of violence."
The "Palestinians in general, and residents of occupied El Quds in particular, have been subject to campaigns of violence throughout the month of Ramadan, before an indifferent international community, which has allowed the occupying power to continue its colonization scheme, without any respect for international law and international legality, thus putting the whole region on the brink of an unprecedented conflict," he said.
Mimouni expressed once again "the unmistakable condemnation of the crimes committed by the occupying power against the Palestinians, which affect their holy places, both Islamic and Christian, and their right to freedom of worship guaranteed by all laws and religions."
The ambassador has put "particular emphasis on the need to preserve the legal and historical status quo of the occupied city of El Quds and Islamic and Christian holy sites, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque".
Condemning the aggression on Gaza strip, the permanent representative of Algeria affirmed that "any attempt to hold the Palestinians responsible for the escalation of violence is unacceptable and will be doomed to failure.
This is the direct result of the policy of occupation which undermines the chances of peace and the establishment of a Palestinian state".
Sofiane Mimouni called on the Security Council to "take practical steps to immediately halt violence and use all diplomatic means to reverse all illegal measures taken by the occupying power."
Ceasefire should be a first step, he said, calling on the Security Council, the Middle East Quartet and the UN Secretary-General to "respond positively to the call of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to hold an international conference on peace process and find a just and lasting solution to the conflict, that would establish a sovereign Palestinian state with occupied East El Quds as capital in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the UN ".