Archives for 26 April 2018

Statement by H.E. Dr. Riyad Mansour, Ambassador, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the United Nations Security Council, Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, 26 April 2018

Mr. President,

On behalf of the State of Palestine, I congratulate Peru on its Security Council Presidency and skilled leadership of the Council at this critical time.

Today, I must also express sincere condolences to the Council and foremost to the Cote d’Ivoire Mission, Government and people on the passing of our dear colleague, Ambassador Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoué, may he rest in eternal peace. He was truly a kind, genuine diplomat and will be very missed.

Mr. President,

We thank Special Coordinator Nikolay Mladenov for his briefing. We express appreciation for the ongoing efforts of the Secretary-General and Mr. Mladenov, including recent statements made in line with international law and relevant UN resolutions. While such statements should be considered standard, we are obliged to recognize them in view of the constant harassment and intimidation to which the UN and its representatives are exposed any time they risk taking a public, principled stand on our issue, as opposed to the artificial “balanced” stand that Israel, the occupying Power, bullies States into adopting, despite the absolute lack of symmetry in this abnormal, unjust situation. [Read more…]