UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP)

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04-Feb-2021 01:31:02
The Secretary-General of the United Nations presides over the election of the Bureau Members, for the period of one-year, from 4 February 2021 until the first meeting of the Committee in 2022.

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Elections this year in the Occupied Palestinian Territories will be “a crucial step” towards Palestinian unity, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday.

Addressing the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the UN chief said the vote will give renewed legitimacy to national institutions in Palestine, including a democratically elected Parliament and Government.

“Elections are a vital part of building a democratic Palestinian State founded on the rule of law with equal rights for all. The Committee’s support to these efforts will be crucial”, he added.

As the Secretary-General remarked, 2021 will be a year of tremendous tests and opportunities.

“It challenges us to reinvent how we make and sustain peace, while confronting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic”, he said.

The Secretary-General underscored the UN’s ongoing commitment in helping the sides to resolve their long-standing conflict and achieve a two-State solution.

Mr. Guterres highlighted the important role the UN Committee has in assisting the parties to return to the negotiations.

“I call on the parties to refrain from unilateral acts that can jeopardize the possibility of restarting the peace process,” the UN chief said.

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