At UN Security Council, Mexico calls for lifting Gaza blockade
by Arturo Sánchez Jiménez
In addressing the UN Security Council, Mexico called for completely lifting the blockade of Gaza.
Juan Ramón de la Fuente, Mexico’s permanent representative to the UN, characterized as positive the announcement of initiatives for the economic reconstruction of Gaza along with the easing of certain restrictions of the blockade, which will allow for an increase in the fishing zone, as well as the entry of some construction materials. But, he added, the blockade must be lifted completely, according to information released yesterday by the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN.
“My delegation expresses its concern over the lack of progress in the Middle East peace process. The transfer of settlers, the seizure of land, the demolition of more than 670 homes, and the resulting displacement of the Palestinian population are all acts contrary to international law and represent an obstacle to any peace initiative,” he said.
Mexico proposes that, in compliance with resolution 2334, an end be put to Israel’s settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and actions that limit the Palestinian population’s access to drinking water, which constitutes a flagrant violation of international law, said De la Fuente.
De la Fuente added that there is also concern over incidents that undermine human rights organizations and activists, whose freedom of expression and association have been limited by the Israeli and Palestinian authorities.