Kuwait UNSC book cover
Amb. al-Otaibi issues book on Kuwait's diplomacy at Security Council
(See Translation in Arabic Section)
NEW YORK-- A book written by Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi has recently been issued on the country's diplomacy and continuations at the UN Security Council during the 2018-2019 period.
The book themed "Kuwait at the UN Security Council... outstanding contributions and brave initiatives" during Kuwait's membership at the Council in 2018-2019 period aimed at documenting this bright period of the country diplomacy's path.
In an interview with KUNA on Tuesday, al-Otaibi said the issuance of the book on Kuwait's experiment at the UN Security Council is not the first time and will not be the last one for any ambassador who writes about his experiment.
He recalled ambassador Abdullah Beshara's experiment when he represented Kuwait during 1978-1979. Al-Otaibi stressed the importance of highlighting Kuwait's role and contributions to the Council's work during the country's membership, in addition to its initiatives.
During its membership, Kuwait worked on some priorities, including defending the Arab issues topped with the Palestinian cause, improving the Council's working methods and adopting humanitarian issues as well as strengthening preventive diplomacy, mediation, and preventing conflicts and solving them peacefully, he told KUNA.
He noted that the aim of his book is to document these key periods in Kuwait's political history within its relations with the UN.
Kuwait's membership at the UN Security Council over two years came at a difficult period during which the Arab world, in particular, has been suffering instability and violence, he pointed out.
"We had nine files on the Arab countries at the Council. We prioritized defending the Arab issues and highlighting the stance at the Council as we represented the Arab Group," he said.
During the 2018-2019 period, Kuwait had big responsibilities, he said, adding that they managed to reflect the Arab stances and meet many of their concerns at the Council, the ambassador made clear.
Kuwait accomplished promises and priorities by defending the Arab issues, mainly the Palestinian cause, which is the first main one, he noted.
In addition, the State of Kuwait launched initiatives and bills on this cause, he said, pointing to big efforts made by the country on the Arabs' issues.
He said that the book sheds light on Kuwait's endeavors to improve the working methods at the UNSC as it chaired the "team tasked with issues related to the reform of the Council".
Al-Otaibi noted that the Council adopted eight memoranda submitted by Kuwait after negotiations last over one year.
He said that all member states would benefit from this book which aims to highlight more transparency on the Council.
Furthermore, Kuwait made contributions to enhancing the multilateral international system through holding a high-level meeting led by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to discuss adherence by the principles and goals of the UN Charter, he said.
During its presidency of the UN Security Council in June 2019, Kuwait initiated holding a high-level session on the mediation importance and resolving disputes peacefully, which are a main pillar of Kuwait's diplomacy, Ambassador Al-Otaibi told KUNA.
Highlighting the book, al-Otaibi referred to Kuwait's priorities on boosting and developing relations between both the regional and the UN organizations, mainly the Arab League, he said, noting that a session led by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, Secretaries General of the UN and the League was held in this regard.
"We noticed that the relationship between the Arab League and the United Nations is below our aspiration. Some organizations like the African Union and the European Union that preceded us in this matter. So we put the relationship on the right track and the League should have a role in resolving conflicts in the Arab world and in the region, in cooperation and coordination with the United Nations," he stated.
He spoke about Kuwait's humanitarian contributions mentioned in the book that included its calls to the Council to visit Cox's Bazar refugee camp to highlight suffering of Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar, adding this visit had a great echo at the Security Council and the United Nations, recalling the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad's efforts to facilitate the visit.
On other humanitarian initiatives, the envoy touched upon the Resolution 2417 co-submitted by Kuwait, The Netherlands, Cأ´te d'Ivoire and Sweden on preventing starving used as a tool in conflicts, saying this approach runs counter to international laws and international humanitarian law.
He said the book also includes Kuwait's success in issuing a UNSC statement on the missing Kuwaitis, which is one of the national humanitarian issues.
He pointed to Kuwait's contributions to presenting Resolution 2474 on the missing in armed conflicts, that was approved by all the Council's members and adopted by more than 60 UN member states, saying it was the first resolution in the Council's history issued on the missing in armed conflicts.
The State of Kuwait "effectively contributed during its membership to humanitarian issues by proposing and presenting draft resolutions, statements, initiatives, or holding high-level meetings related to these issues," he pointed out.
He highlighted the Resolution 2401 on Syria that was co-submitted by Kuwait and Sweden, and approved unanimously by the Council in February 2018.
He pointed to the Resolution 2449 co-presented by Kuwait and Sweden in December 2018 on extending humanitarian access to Syria via borders for 12 months.
Kuwait aimed to addressing humanitarian crises and effects and alleviating Syrian displaced people and refugees, he said.
He revealed that Kuwait has been nominated for the human rights council, saying "our main goal is to support the multilateral international system, and the UN activities and efforts".
He noted that the book was printed and issued by the Center for Research and Studies on Kuwait, expressing appreciation to head Dr. Abdullah Al-Ghunaim and all staff.