Foreign Minister Ian Borg addressed the UN’s Security Council yesterday and called for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, the release of hostages held by Hamas and an independent investigation in Al-Ahli Arab Hospital bombing.
During the open debate on the situation in the Middle East Borg emphasised Malta’s strong condemnation of Hamas’ attack against Israel while also reiterating that all military action must be conducted according to international law.
“Malta acknowledges Israel’s right to self defence and its duty and its responsibility to protect its people,” Borg stated while addressing the council.
“At the same time, we also emphasise that such actions must be consistent with obligations under international humanitarian law,” Borg added.
Borg also called on Hamas to release all hostages as four people have been released after being kidnapped by the militant group.
“The legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people must not be confused with the terroristic group of Hamas,” the Minister said.
“Malta condemns all attacks against civilians,” Borg insisted, emphasising all attacks on civilians and humanitarian workers are unacceptable.
The Minister also called for an independent investigation to be held into the bombing of Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in central Gaza on 18th October and stressed whoever is responsible must be held accountable.
“We are deeply concerned by the decision take for Israel to cut off water supply, electricity, food and fuel into Gaza,” Borg added.
“Malta strongly reiterates its call for the establishment of an immediate humanitarian pause,” the Minister expressed to the Council.
Borg stressed Malta will continue to work for a two-state solution to promote peace and security while addressing the legitimate aspirations of both sides.
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