UN recognizes frustrations by Palestinians

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (MNA) – Jan Eliasson, United Nations Assistant Secretary General, recognized the frustration and lack of hope by the Palestinian people because of the long Israeli occupation and insufficient actions by the international community to end it.

"It is quite clear, that Palestinians feel a deep frustration by the Israeli occupation, which has now endured almost 50 years," he stated here in a UN special session of the Committee for the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

According to the Swedish diplomat, the world community must play a major role in overcoming the current stage, to ensure a two-state solution, which means the realization of Palestinian aspirations for independence and security of Israelis.

Eliasson warned that humanity continues to witness the construction of illegal settlements in the occupied territories and demolitions of Palestinian homes, including those run by Tel Aviv for punishment, which are "policies and actions contrary to the commitment expressed by the Israel with a two-state solution".

Besides, tensions and violence in holy sites of the Old City of Jerusalem in recent weeks introduced a dangerous religious dimension of the conflict, he said.

The obstacles in access to those sites, such as the Al Aqsa Mosque, and provocations by Jewish extremists have soared clashes, repression and attacks against civilians, with dozens dead and thousands injured, the vast majority of them Palestinians.

Speaking before the Committee, regarding the celebration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Eliasson said on behalf of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, that he was sorry about the situation of the occupied people.

On November 29, 2012, the state of Palestine joined the UN as an observer member, 136 countries now recognize this country, and its national flag flows alongside the rest of the members of the organization, he said.

However, Eliasson added, diplomatic progress are not felt by the children living in the devastated Strip of Gaza, or the inhabitants of Nablus or Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

"What they feel is a lack of hope that their lives will change for fine or one day live in their own state under freedoms and welfare, "he said.

For the Assistant Secretary-General urges the leaders of the two sides focus on creating a favorable environment to stop the conflict and reject I hate speech and other actions that only tense the situation.

He also warned Israeli regime that its security concerns do not justify the excessive use of force, "because this only feeds the discomfort and frustration."

Also, the president of the Security Council of the UN in November, British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, called on the parties to commit to ending violence and finding the solution of two states.

 

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