Director of the Department of Middle East in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Simba Yahya, gives his keynote address during the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in Dar es Salaam.
The government call on international community intervention
By Damas Makangale, MOblog
The Government has admitted that the issue of Palestine is the most complicated in the contemporary global relations and poses a great threat to peace, security and tranquility in the world. MOblog reports from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Speaking to invited dignitaries during the commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity for the people of Palestine in Dar es Salaam , the Director of the Department of Middle East in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Simba Yahya, said that, the unwillingness of the international community to take decisive action, political, military and territorial occupation of Palestine over the years has left millions of them to suffer.
“Hostilities between key players in the region and ultraconservative resistance to change, have all added up to complicate the situation.
“The interplay of the above led to a situation where the international community is simply seen to be doing too little and too late on the Palestine question, causing one party to the conflict to maintain pre-established positions that allow limited flexibility towards an acceptable solution,” he said.
Ambassador Simba Yahya, said that the status quo on settlements in occupied Palestinian territories continuously abrogated against UN Resolutions although on the other hand it is the duty of the international community to support national independence and sovereignty of the Palestinians people.
Director of the Department of Middle East, further said that through the able visionary, courageous and wise leadership of Mahmoud Abbas, more than 130 United Nations (UN) member states have recognized the State of Palestine; the People of Palestine have been granted ‘non-member observer state’ status in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), and Palestine is now a full member of UNESCO.
Palestine Ambassador to Tanzania H.E Dr. Nasri Abujaish gives a Pros and Cons of the on going crises in the Middle East between Palestine and Israel.
On her part, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative, Joyce Mends-Cole said that the annual Solidarity Day is an opportunity to reflect on the critical situation faced by the Palestinian people.
“It is the right time for us to consider our collective contributions and responsibilities as Governments, international or civil society organizations, towards Israeli-Palestinian peace,”
“This year’s observance takes place as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators work together towards the agreed objective of a peaceful, comprehensive settlement on all permanent status issues.
UNHCR Representative Joyce Mends-Cole gives her remarks on the Palestine saga and the role of the International Community in bringing peace and stability.
“I call on the international community to support the parties in this ambitious endeavour to fulfil the two-State solution, bringing about an end to the conflict. All parties must act in a responsible way and refrain from actions that undermine the prospects for successful negotiations,” she said.
She said that the situation in Gaza remains a source of serious concern; she reiterated her condemnation of all rocket fire into Israel, as well as of the construction of tunnels into Israel by militants.
On his part the Ambassador of Palestine, Dr. Nasri Abujaish said that every year the Palestinians remember their chairman the late Yassir Arafat who passed away by poison from Israelis on 11 November 2004.
“Also November is the month when we remember the day when Arafat declared the Independent state of Palestine on 15 November 1998. Today the statehood of Palestine is recognized by 133 countries,” he said.
He further said that the UN partition plan gave Israel 55 percent of the Palestinian land but the Israel grabbed 78 percent of Palestine land and in 1967 it occupied the whole of Palestine and other Arab lands.
Some of the Students and Un Staff listens attentively the remarks presented in the event.
Egyptian Ambassador H.E Hossam Moharam speaks to invitees on behalf of Arab Ambassadors group in Dar.
A famous artist Mrisho Mpoto Performs during the International Solidarity Day which he emphasis Peace and tranquility in the middle east and other parts of the world.
UNIC Information Officer Usia Nkhoma Ledama shares a light moment with one of the invitees.
The invited guests, High Commissioner and other dignitaries arrives at the event.
Director of the Department of Middle East in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Simba Yahya, cuts a ribbon to officiate the exhibitions of the International Solidarity Day in Dar es Salaam.
Palestinian Ambassador to Tanzania Dr. Nasri Abujaish with the guest of honour admires some photographs at the Pavilion.
Bertha Makilagi from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation exchange views with the UNIC Information Office Usia Nkhoma Ledama.
Their Excellencies High Commissioners and Ambassadors pose for a group photo with UN Representative and other dignitaries.
(All photos by Zainul Mzige -MOblog)