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...]

UN Platform for Palestine

UN Platform for Palestine (UNPfP) was created by the Working Group within the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to foster strong cooperation with civil society organizations (CSOs).

The purpose of UNPfP is to create a central location for CSOs  around the world to inform, share and mobilize among themselves regarding international, regional and local efforts in support of the Palestinian people and the just cause of Palestine. This platform will provide CSOs active on the question of Palestine with the tools to produce a multiplier effect, connect with other groups and hopefully raise greater awareness and support for collective efforts. It will also build a bridge between CSOs and the United Nations and its Member States, including the Committee and its Working Group.