Thank you Mr. President. Allow me to begin by expressing Palestine’s gratitude to the Kingdom of Spain for convening this debate, for the seriousness you have accorded to the critical matter before us, and for your able leadership of the Security Council this month.
I also thank the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson, for his briefing. We express our appreciation for the efforts of the Secretary-General and his entire team to contribute to a de-escalation of the current dangerous situation and to restore focus to the core issues and the imperative for a credible political horizon that will bring an end to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian land and denial of Palestinian rights, an unjust and grave situation that continues to threaten regional and international peace and security. [Read more…]