Children in war zones must be protected, UAE tells UN Security Council

ABU DHABI // The UAE’s United Nations Security Council representative has stressed the importance of protecting children living in conflict zones at a council meeting in Malaysia. Speaking before the 15-member chamber, Lana Nusseibeh, UAE Permanent Representative to the UN, said: “Nowhere is securing children in conflict more urgent than in our region, where the […]

ABU DHABI // The UAE’s United Nations Security Council representative has stressed the importance of protecting children living in conflict zones at a council meeting in Malaysia.

Speaking before the 15-member chamber, Lana Nusseibeh, UAE Permanent Representative to the UN, said: “Nowhere is securing children in conflict more urgent than in our region, where the abuses against children are especially heart-wrenching.”

She spoke of the plight of children in Syria, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and those brutalised by ISIL and other terrorist groups.

On the UAE’s involvement in the coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen, she said: “We do not bear the risk of engagement in any military theatre lightly. And we continue to strive to minimise the impact of operations on civilians.”

Ms Nusseibeh added that 79 Emiratis had paid the price in operations Decisive Storm and Restoring Hope in Yemen to protect civilians, including children, from foreign-backed Houthi rebels and other extremist groups.

“In light of that sacrifice, the UAE and all members of the coalition take extraordinary measures to protect children’s rights anywhere we are engaged,” she said.

The UAE put forward three policy recommendations to strengthen the impact of future reports of the UN secretary-general’s special representative for children and armed conflict.

Ms Nusseibeh said the UAE was committed to finding a political solution to the conflict through negotiations, adding that “durable solutions for stability are not gained militarily alone”.

“For us, and other responsible members of the international community, we are not engaging in any discussion simply to protect our image,” she said. “The mandate of the special representative for children and armed conflict is a just and universal one, for which the UAE offers its full support.”

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