Oman: Follow UN’s Law of the Sea for safe passage of ships

Muscat: Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdalla, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, addressed the general debate of the 74th Session of the General Assembly of the UN in New York on Saturday.

In his speech, he stressed on Oman’s belief that dialogue and negotiations are the most effective means of resolving disputes, and that other countries should make joint efforts in their speech at the United Nations General Assembly. “It is a good endeavor to support regional and international initiatives that will help achieve peace and spread a culture of security and stability in the region.”

  • Peace in the Middle East has become an urgent demand. It is time to put out the fires in the region, whose continuation has become a threat to international peace and security and poses significant economic, social and security challenges to the peoples of the region.

  • The Sultanate calls upon all States to cooperate constructively and to respect the shipping lines in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, in particular articles 37 and 38 of the right of continuous transit and article 39 of the same law, which specifies the duties of ships during transit.

  • The Sultanate supports all efforts to reach a political solution in Yemen, particularly the efforts of the United Nations and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, Martin Griffiths. We call on all parties to cooperate and interact positively with these efforts, and to focus during the next phase on the political track.

  • We in the Sultanate of Oman, due to the geographical proximity and relations that are deeply rooted historically, socially and culturally, emphasize the continuation of humanitarian facilities and assistance from the Sultanate of Oman to the brotherly Yemeni people.

  • The establishment of a sovereign and independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital is a strategic necessity for achieving peace, stability and peaceful coexistence.

The Sultanate calls on the world to give a greater role to the United Nations and regional and international organizations to settle disputes, consolidate international peace and security, and spread a culture of peace and tolerance to spare mankind the scourge of conflicts and wars that plague people’s aspirations for security, stability, prosperity and prosperity.

The Sultanate hopes that new principles will be adopted in international relations that conform to the principles of good-neighborliness, respect for national sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of other States to build a world of justice, fairness, coexistence, and tolerance for all to enjoy prosperity, security, and stability.

In his speech, Alawi said that Oman is concerned with issues related to the maritime traffic in the Strait of Hormuz as it one of the countries overlooking the Strait, which is considered one of the most important international waterways in the world, whose corridors fall within the scope of Omani territorial waters.

“Sultanate calls on all states to cooperate constructively and respect the lines of navigation in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, in particular articles 37 and 38 of the right of continuous transit and article 39 of the same law defining the duties of ships during transit. This stand is consistent with Oman’s national sovereignty and international responsibilities in the ongoing supervision of this corridor to ensure the safety of navigation and ensure the safe passage of ships passing through this vital strait.”

In his speech, the minister called on all parties not to escalate and resolve disputes through diplomatic means to avoid any consequences that could have serious repercussions on the freedom of navigation, international trade, and the world economy.

The international community and States interested in using the Strait should seek peaceful, consensual solutions as an ideal means of maintaining stability and safety of maritime navigation, which is more secure and effective than any other means and arrangements.

“Oman affirms its support for all efforts exerted to reach a political solution in Yemen, especially the efforts of the United Nations and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Martin Griffith, calling on all parties to cooperate and positively interact with these efforts.”

The focus will be on the political process to reach a political settlement to the crisis that will achieve security and stability for Yemen and safeguard the security and interests of the neighboring countries in the region.

The Sultanate, by virtue of its geographic proximity and its historically, socially and culturally rooted relations, affirms the continuation of facilities and humanitarian assistance to the brotherly Yemeni people.

The Sultanate considers the establishment of a sovereign and independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital a strategic necessity to achieve peace, stability and peaceful coexistence, and the cooperation of the international community and the concerned parties to create the appropriate conditions to end this conflict that has been going on for more than seventy years.

It became an urgent reality to build a new stable and the prosperous Middle East.

“Oman calls on the rest of the world to adhere to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the rules of international law, resolve disputes through peaceful and diplomatic means, and give a greater role to the United Nations and regional and international organizations to settle disputes and consolidate international peace and security.”

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