OIC rejects Israel candidacy, election for UN legal cmte

NEW YORK, June 13 (KUNA) — The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) rejected the candidature of Israel for the post of Chair of the Sixth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly for the 71st session by the Western European and Other Group (WEOG).
This came in a statement delivered by Kuwaitآ’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi prior to the vote – where Israel was elected later – on behalf of the OIC, at the General Assembly session for the selection of the Legal (sixth) committee.
Israel, he said, an occupying power that is in grave breach of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, and innumerable UN resolutions, is “unqualified and inappropriate” to chair the Sixth Committee.
Al-Otaibi highlighted that leadership of this Committee – which deals with legal issues, including the rule of law at the national and international levels; measures to eliminate international terrorism, the status of the Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions relating to the protection of victims of armed conflicts, among others important issues – requires a candidate that is compliant with, and not in flagrant contempt of, international law and that supports the effective functioning of the UN.
“Candidates that undermine the UN’s credibility and deliberately obstruct implementation of its resolutions should be considered invalid by the General Assembly,” he said at the General Assembly’s hall.
The OIC, chaired by Kuwait, affirmed that the decision to put forth such a candidate, which not only egregiously violates the fundamental rules and norms of international law and the UN resolutions that are aimed at their respect, but has also continually degraded the UN, is viewed as provocative and offensive.
The General Assembly requests the rotation of the Bureaus of the Main Committees to the regional groups with a responsibility to ensure that qualified candidates are presented for the privilege of holding such important posts. Therefore, the OIC views the selection of Israel as candidate for Chair of the Sixth Committee as contrary to these requirements and to the spirit and good faith required for the proper functioning of such position.
The Sixth Committee is the primary forum for the consideration of legal questions in the General Assembly.
Earlier, the UN General Assembly elected today Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji as the new President of the General Assembly for the 71st session that commences in September. (end) mao.bs