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President of the General Assembly says Inability to Fulfil Rights of Palestinian People is UN’s “Bleeding Wound”


VIENNA (27 February 2013) – The President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Vuk Jeremić, delivered remarks at the opening of  Fifth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations on Wednesday.

In his remarks to the forum in Vienna, Austria he said the inability to “fulfil the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people remained on the UN’s agenda like an open, bleeding wound.”

He urged that negotiations between Israel and the State of Palestine should “resume in good faith, and for the reconciliation between two proud nations to begin in earnest.” He also appealed “for all who can bring the parties closer together to help build a bridge over the chasm.”

He recalled the historic vote in the UN General Assembly in when Member States voted by an overwhelming majority to accord to Palestine the status of a Non-member Observer State to the United Nations.

Addressing delegates in Vienna, he said Palestine’s new status “is no substitute for the achievement of a just and comprehensive settlement that will enable Israel and Palestine to live side by side in peace and security.”

President Jeremic added that the plight of the Palestinian people and the “bloodbath of Syria” are “two great Middle Eastern tragedies” that persist before the eyes of the world. He added that the way in which the two issues were addresses will “significantly affect the trajectory of the unfolding dialogue between civilizations.”

He reiterated his appeal for the “immediate cessation of hostilities” in Syria. It is estimated that over 70,000 people have been killed as a result of the ongoing conflict. He said a political process should follow the end of hostilities so that Syrians can freely determine their own future.

In his speech to delegates in Vienna the President of General Assembly said he believed the Alliance of Civilizations could play a “critical” role in bringing about “a world that looks to the future with optimism, proud of its diversity, and secure of its prospects.”


Full text of the speech to the Alliance of Civilizations:

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