Statement by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, before the United Nations Security Council, Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question on 23 July 2013,


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Mme. President,

At the outset I would like to congratulate the United States of America on this month of Presidency of the Security Council, recognizing your skilled leadership, including the current efforts being exerted to advance peace and a more stable, secure Middle East. We also express appreciation to the United Kingdom for its efficient leadership of the Council in June.

I also thank Mr. Robert Serry, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Special Coordinator of the United Nations, for his briefing and tireless effort on the ground.

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United Nations International Meeting in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, Beijing, China, 18 and 19 June 2013

Under the theme “Reviving the collective international engagement towards a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, the Meeting reviewed the current situation on the ground, including the main obstacles to the realization of the two-State solution, such as continued Israeli settlement expansion, and the latest international efforts to end such illegal practices. It examined action by United Nations organs in response to violations of international law, and explored current opportunities, particularly following the admission of Palestine in the United Nations as a non-Member Observer State. The Meeting also looked at possible ways for the international community to create conditions conducive to the resumption of meaningful negotiations between the parties. Invited were also all United Nations Members and Observers, intergovernmental organizations, United Nations system entities, parliamentarians, members of the academic community and representatives of civil society organizations. 

United Nations International Meeting on the Question of Palestine, UN Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, 29 and 30 April 2013


Convening in Addis Ababa, at the Economic Commission for Africa, this year’s UN International Meeting on the Question of Palestine was dedicated to Africa’s support in achieving Palestinian independence and sovereignty, while drawing on the experience of African States in anti-colonial and anti-apartheid struggles, as well as in post-colonial efforts to build effective governments and sustainable economies.

The two-day gathering at the end of April 2013 brought together representatives of 48 governments, members of UN and other international institutions, civil society organizations, academia and mass media outlets.

Addressing the meeting on behalf of the Secretary-General Ban, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Carlos Lopes said that a window of opportunity for renewed engagement has opened following the visits to the region by US President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry. He stressed that there is a need for a concerted push for peace this year if the two-State solution is to be salvaged.

In this quest for independence and self-determination, representatives of African States speaking at the meeting pledged their strong support to the Palestinian people. Joined by international experts and senior Palestinian officials, they contemplated Africa’s experience with decolonization, economic independence and sustainable development, considering the lessons that would be relevant and important for the State of Palestine. Speakers and participants alike agreed that to achieve full sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Palestinian people must form a national unity Government, warning that divisions only served to weaken and destabilize a nascent State. Experts urged African Governments to share their negotiating and institution-building tactics, create a continent-wide solidarity movement, and launch a regional peace initiative to help the Palestinian people in their endeavor towards sovereignty and statehood.

Closing the meeting, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People Abdou Salam Diallo welcomed the ongoing third-party facilitation aimed at resuming negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Pointing out the important role of African States at the UN as part of the African Group and the Non-Aligned Movement, he called for their increased support to the Palestinian people and their leadership.


General Assembly Annual Reports

The Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations (UN) in New York prepares a report on a yearly basis following every session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The report shows the voting record of each Member State on all resolutions adopted during the session of the UNGA mainly during the period from September to December every year.

The main purpose for the preparation of this report is to understand voting patterns of UN Member States on resolutions related to the Question of Palestine (QoP) and where necessary to undertake specific efforts to garner more support for these important resolutions, which cover a wide range of issues relevant to the QoP and in particular reaffirm core principles and rules of international law in this regard. The report also seeks to illustrate and evaluate political support of Member States on issues related to Palestine in the UN. It also analyzes the shifts in voting that may have taken place in comparison with the previous sessions.

(2012) Report of the 67th General Assembly 


Statement by H.E. Dr. Riad Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine, before the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East including the Palestine Question on 23 January 2013

Mr. President,

On behalf of the State of Palestine, I congratulate you and your friendly country Pakistan on your presidency and wise stewardship of the Security Council.  We also express deep appreciation to fraternal Kingdom of Morocco for its skilled leadership of the Council in December.

I thank Mr. Robert Serry, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Special Coordinator of the United Nations, for his briefing today and for his tireless efforts on the ground.

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Statement by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, before the United Nations Security Council, Meeting on the Israeli Military Aggression against the Gaza Strip

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Mr. President,

For the second time in the course of a week, I come before the Security Council, upon the instructions of the Palestinian leadership under President Mahmoud Abbas, to appeal once again for the Council to uphold its Charter duties for the maintenance of international peace and security and to act forthwith for the protection of civilian lives, which are being lost and destroyed with each passing minute of the brutal Israeli military aggression being waged against the Gaza Strip. I speak on behalf of a gravely suffering people – the Palestinian people – who are enduring yet another barrage of death, destruction, trauma and terror at the hands of the Israeli occupying forces.  [Read more…]

Special Information Programme on the Question of Palestine of the UN Department of Public Information

As part of its special information programme on the question of Palestine, the Department plays a lead role in organizing the annual International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East. A training programme for young Palestinian journalists aims to provide hands-on skills training as well as access to UN officials and diplomats.


ICJ Advisory Opinion on the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

On 8 December 2003, the General Assembly of the United Nations in its tenth emergency special session adopted resolution ES-10/14, in which the Assembly requested the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to urgently render an advisory opinion on: “the legal consequences arising from the construction of the wall being built by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, as described in the report of the Secretary-General, considering the rules and principles of international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions.

On 19 December 2003, the ICJ issued an order, setting 30 January 2004 as the date for written statements to be submitted to the Court on the matter and setting 23 February 2004 as the date for the oral hearings. Below you will find the General Assembly resolutions regarding the Wall; Palestine’s Written and Oral Statement’s to the Court (Arabic and English); an Executive Summary of Palestine’s Statement; the Appendices and Annexes to Palestine’s Statement; and maps and photos regarding the Wall.

Below you will find relevant documents to the proceedings:

General Assembly Resolutions and ICJ Advisory Opinion
Submissions and Statements by Palestine to the ICJ
GA resolution ES-10/13 (21 October 2003Written Statement and Oral Pleadings of Palestine to the International Court of Justice regarding the “Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory” -- English and Arabic
GA resolution ES-10/14 (8 December 2003)Appendices and Annexes
GA resolution ES-10/15 (20 July 2004)Executive Summary of Palestine's Written Statement -- English and Arabic
The Advisory Opinion rendered on 9 July 04 by the Intl. Court of Justice (ICJ) on the legal consequences of the construction of a Wall by Israel, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem -- English and Arabic
Resolution ES-10-17:Establishment of the United Nations Register of Damage caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (24 January 2007