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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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.
Pursuant to my recent letters and the demarche by the Arab delegation to Your Excellency in follow-up of the emergency meeting of the Arab League on 12 May, regarding the critical situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, I must again draw attention to the provocations and illegal measures being perpetrated by Israel, the occupying Power, and its extremist settlers against the Palestinian people, their land and their holy sites, especially in Occupied East Jerusalem. [Read more…]
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.
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- Revised programme – 30 April (English)
- Chairman summary (Arabic, English, French)
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 24 April 2013
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I am honored to address the Security Council today, and I congratulate you and your friendly country Rwanda on your presidency and skilled leadership. We also express appreciation to the Russian Federation for its leadership of the Council in March.
I thank Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, for his briefing on developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territory as well as in the region.
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.
United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People, FAO Headquarters, Rome, 27 and 28 February 2013
The Seminar, organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, was the first such gathering since the General Assembly voted decisively in November 2012 to accord Palestine non-Member observer State status at the United Nations.
Experts, joined by senior Palestinian officials, weighed the challenges and opportunities of developing a self-sustaining economy in the new reality of a State under occupation. While agreeing that the principal issues in Palestine were not economical but political, they nevertheless outlined programmes aimed at rebuilding the severely eroded Palestinian agriculture sector, ensuring high governance standards, and generating donor support for the reconstruction of Gaza.
Experts stressed that the conditions of humanitarian strife in the West Bank and Gaza — severe restrictions on movement and constraints on livelihoods — were man-made, with the occupation practices creating a “protection crisis”. If allowed, the Palestinian people could effectively address their challenges themselves.
Participants hailed the remarkable multi-sectoral achievements of the Palestinian Government and expressed appreciation of the vital efforts of the United Nations, the donor community, Palestinian and international civil society organizations and the private sector.
Expressing gratitude for unwavering support, Palestinian officials at the meeting asked the donor community to challenge Israel’s detrimental policies on the ground by supporting reconstruction in Gaza and projects that would connect the West Bank to East Jerusalem, by promoting the development of Area C, and by demanding that settlement products be labeled as such. They urged to look for new ideas on how to move forward, while sharing a unanimous sentiment of seminar participants that a small window of opportunity, opening on the political front following the last year’s General Assembly resolution, should not be missed.
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- Biographical notes on speakers (English, French)
- Chairman summary (English, French)
- Secretary-General’s message
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(29 November 2012) Statement by President Abbas before the Adoption of resolution 67/19 on the Status of Palestine in the United Nations
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, and the Merciful
President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Vuk Jeremic
Excellencies Heads of Delegations,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
At the outset, I wish to affirm our appreciation to all Member States that, in their statements to this Assembly, have stressed the urgency for progress towards the realization of a just peace in our region that allows for the fulfillment by the Palestinian people of their inalienable national rights.
Report of the Committee on the Admission of New Members concerning the application of Palestine for admission to membership in the United Nations
1. At its 6624th meeting, on 28 September 2011, the Security Council had before it the application of Palestine for admission to membership in the United Nations (S/2011/592). In accordance with rule 59 of the provisional rules of procedure and in the absence of a proposal to the contrary, the President of the Council (Lebanon) referred the application to the Committee on the Admission of New Members for examination and report.
Letter received on 23 September 2011 from the President of Palestine to the Secretary-General
Application of the State of Palestine for admission to membership in the United Nations
I have the profound honour, on behalf of the Palestinian people, to submit this application of the State of Palestine for admission to membership in the United Nations. [Read more…]