Explanation of vote by Ambassador Ferit Hoxha at the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question

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October 16, 2023

7 October 2023 will remain a dark day not only for Israel and its people, but also the world.

With its monstrous terrorist acts, Hamas has committed the irreparable.

Its appalling crimes have traumatized Israelis, they have terribly and profoundly hurt an entire nation, they have defied human conscience.

They are and remain unjustifiable and unacceptable.

They do not represent any nation or religion, and do not and cannot support any cause.

Albania recognizes the severity and the urgency of the situation on the ground.

We recognize the need for the Council to react and act in discharging its core responsibility, in many respects : in strongly condemning terrorism as it has always done;

in recognizing the right of states to defend themselves as inscribed in the UN Charter ;

in always protecting civilians,

in supporting humanitarian efforts,

in avoiding further exacerbation and any spillover of an already tense, complex and dangerous situation,

and in chartering a clear path for peace, security, progress and dignity for all, Israelis and Palestinians.

We abstained because the text presented failed to present the full picture and to incorporate core elements on substantial issues.

We remain hopeful there is room to continue to remain actively engaged, with the hope to use at best our time and energies to come together to respond to the many urgent and pressing needs on the ground.

The critical situation doesn’t need a competition between texts, or protagonism between member states.

It requires active diplomacy by regional and international actors, as it is happening ; and here, in the Council, engagement by all and in good faith, to come together to respond in the best possible way to all critical imperatives and needs on the ground.

Thank you!


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