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Algeria criticises 'tolerance' narrative at UN Security Council amid ongoing global crises

June 14, 2024 at 6:12 pm

Algerian Ambassador to the UN Amar Bendjama speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, at the UN headquarters in New York on 25 March 2024 [ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images]

Algerian envoy at the UN, Amar Bendjama, criticised Friday a UN Security Council session’s narrative about “tolerance” amid ongoing “war, conflicts, crisis, massacres and even genocides in the 21st century” around the world, Anadolu Agency reports.

A session was held at the Council discussing the impact of “tolerance and acceptance” on international threats and peace.

Speaking at the session, Bendjama said: “Tolerance, not a good sounding word in this chamber, where we discuss on a daily basis about war, conflicts, crisis, massacres and even genocides in the 21st century.”

He pointed out that to talk about tolerance at the Security Council, its members must respect international law and the UN Charter.

“Tolerance cannot be materialised while we are in front of a barbaric aggression being perpetrated by the Israeli Occupation forces against innocent civilians, including women, including girls and children in Gaza and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” he said.

He further stressed that “tolerance cannot be achieved since one of its most blatant illustrations is rejected by the Israeli aggressors, which is the two-state solution, those who shredded the UN Charter, those who are questioning the noble role of the UN.”

Bendjama stated that tolerance should also grant the right to self-determination to oppressed people.

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