|Sheikh Hamdan Criticises Americas's Lopsided Policy of the Middle-East |
Sheikh Hamdan Criticises Americas's Lopsided Policy of the Middle-East
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. -- April 7, 2001 (WAM) -- The UAE today warned the U.S that its interests in the region will suffer a severe damage if it continued with its Israeli-favouring policy in the Middle East conflict.
The remarks were made by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, during a meeting with a visiting delegation from the U.S. Congress.
Sheikh Hamdan called upon the American Congress to pursue a balanced policy towards the Middle East in order to contribute positively towards finding a just, permanent and comprehensive peace in the region.
He said that it was the duty of the U.S. Congress to be aware of who was the criminal and who was the victim in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "It incredible to see how the criminal who commits the most heinous crimes of indiscriminate killing and destruction and political assassinations turns (in the eyes of the U.S. Congress) into an innocent and the innocent who defends his land and rights and does not have any weapons except a stone turns into criminal," Sheikh Hamdan said.
He added that the Palestinian people want nothing more than the withdrawal of occupation forces from their land, noting that such a demand was a legitimate one that was guaranteed by UN resolutions and the international convention of human rights. Sheikh Hamdan wondered as to why the U.S. Congress did not work towards the execution of the international resolutions approved by the world community including the U.S. which called for the full Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories since 1967 such as the West Bank, Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, the Syrian Golan Heights and the Lebanese land.
He criticized the call of the U.S. Congress to reassess the American-Palestinian relations, noting that some Congress members had, instead of supporting basic human rights of people to live on their own land with freedom and dignity, decided to ally themselves with the aggressor and had urged the U.S. administration to quit its role as peace mediator in the Middle East. Describing such moves as dangerous, Sheikh Hamdan said that it would only contribute to further destabilize the region and inflict harm on all relevant parties including the United States.
He warned the Congress against being a victim to blackmail and misinformation by the Jewish lobby who portray the Palestinians as the cause of all violence.
He said that the Palestinian people suffer killings, destruction and economic blockades in the hands of the Israeli government forces using U.S. supplied arms.
He called upon the Congress to send fact finding missions to the Palestinian territories and get first hand information on the situation. "The U.S Congress should adopt a fair policy that is equivalent to the size of American interests in the Arab world," Sheikh Hamdan said. He warned the moving of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and the latest American statements on Jerusalem being the capital of Israel would inflict grave harm to the Arab-American ties. Present at the meeting was Theodore Kattouf, U.S. Ambassador.