SEVENTY-FIFTH SESSION, 10TH & 11TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)
GA/12271

25 SEPTEMBER 2020

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Pope Francis of the Holy See and the President of the State of Palestine also spoke.

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MAHMOUD ABBAS, President of the State of Palestine, said his people have been present in their homeland for over 6,000 years and will remain steadfast there until the fulfillment of their rights.  The Israeli occupying Power, with the support of Washington, D.C., wants to substitute international law and United Nations resolutions with the United States “Deal of the Century” and the planned annexation of over 33 per cent of the land of the State of Palestine, in addition to the annexation of occupied East Jerusalem, including Al‑Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  The State of Palestine and the international community rejected that deal, he said.

While the State of Palestine has agreed to all initiatives presented, including the Arab Peace Initiative, Israel violated all the agreements it signed, undermined the two‑State solution and sought to alter the character of occupied Jerusalem, he said.  Now Israel has announced normalization agreements with both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, in violation of the Arab Peace Initiative, and in violation of the terms of reference of a comprehensive, lasting and just solution in accordance with international law.  He stressed that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) had not asked anyone to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people.  As such, he called on the Secretary‑General, in cooperation with the Quartet and the Security Council, to convene an international conference with the participation of all concerned parties to engage in a genuine peace process leading to an end of the occupation and an independent Palestinian State.

There will be no peace, security, stability or coexistence in the region while the occupation continues and a just, comprehensive solution to the question of Palestine remains denied, he said.  Despite their prolonged suffering, the Palestinian people continue to create vibrant life and hope in the spirit of national unity and democracy and will continue to resist attempts to erase their existence, a right in accordance with international law.

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CHARLES MICHEL, President of the European Council, European Union…expressed the Union’s commitment to a two‑State solution between Palestinians and Israelis, clarifying that while it shares ideals, values and mutual affection with the United States, this does not prevent it from having divergent approaches or interests at times.

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SABAH KHALED AL-HAMAD AL‑SABAH, Prime Minister of Kuwait, said…Turning to conflict in the region, he said the Palestinian cause remains a central priority for Kuwait and stressed the need to resume talks to establish an independent Palestinian State.

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ANTÓNIO COSTA, Prime Minister of Portugal, said… In the Middle East, he said the two‑State solution to the question of Palestine is a necessity…

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XAVIER BETTEL, Prime Minister, Minister of State, Minister for Communications and Media and Minister for Religious Affairs of Luxembourg, said…While welcoming rapprochement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, he said that engagement between the relevant parties is essential to achieve a two-State solution to the Palestinian question.

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