Statement by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, 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, 29 April 2014, New York:

Madame President,

At the outset, I congratulate Nigeria on its Presidency of the Security Council under your wise and able leadership. We also express appreciation for Luxembourg’s skilled leadership of the Council in March.

I thank Mr. Robert Serry, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, for his briefing to the Council.

Madame President,

Since the Security Council’s last debate on this issue, there have been many developments on the ground and in the political process.  In official letters, we have alerted the Council to the rising tensions and the situation’s deterioration due to Israel’s persistent violations and intransigence in negotiations. We appealed to the Council and the international community to uphold their responsibilities, stressing the criticalness of the hour to salvage the two-State solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders and the longstanding parameters enshrined in the relevant United Nations resolutions, Madrid Principles, Arab Peace Initiative and Quartet Roadmap. [Read more...]

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour before the United Nations Security Council, Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, 20 January 2014, New York

I thank H.E. Mr. Nasser Judeh, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Jordan, for presiding over this meeting, and thank H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, for his briefing. I reaffirm the State of Palestine’s gratitude for the principled efforts you have respectively and consistently exerted for peace and a just solution to the question of Palestine.

Mr. President,

It is with immense pride that we see Jordan assuming the Presidency of the Security Council, and we convey our congratulations and wishes for success during its tenure.  Likewise, we extend sincerest congratulations to all the new non-permanent members – Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Nigeria, confident in your adherence to the Charter and abilities to fulfill the serious responsibilities of this organ, including vis-à-vis the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the goal of a just, comprehensive solution, a matter central to international peace and security. [Read more...]