General Assembly president urges Israel and Palestine to avoid actions that could undermine current negotiations

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Question of Palestine

This year's observation [of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People] takes place while the renewed round of the Middle East peace negotiations is underway, President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told a special meeting marking the occasion.

He expressed the hope that the ongoing talks will lead to an understanding on all six permanent status issues, and to reaching a just and lasting settlement to the conflict.

” I call on the Governments and people of both Israel and Palestine to avoid actions that would undermine the fragile hope created by this renewed round of negotiations, and to cease and desist from any actions that are in contravention to international law and would pose a major impediment to peace in the Middle East and, more importantly, render the two-State solution impossible. Here, I specifically refer to the issues of settlements and annexation. (36″)”

General Assembly President John Ashe stressed that ongoing peace negotiations must be given a chance for peace to take root and flourish. But he cautioned that peace cannot be meaningful and durable without taking fully into account the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, which are key to the solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East.

He reiterated the General Assembly's commitment to a peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine resulting in the two-State solution, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security within recognized pre-1967 borders.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’33″

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