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UN: Abbas calls for an “international mechanism” for peace in the Middle East

Ⓒ AFP – TIMOTHY A. CLARY – | Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the UN Security Council on February 20, 2018 in New York

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday called on the UN Security Council to “create a multilateral mechanism” to settle the Palestinian issue through an “international conference” in mid-2018.

In doing so, the leader has rejected a unique US mediation in the Middle East peace process, which has been deadlocked for years. “It is essential to create a multilateral mechanism through an international conference” to have peace in the Middle East, he said.

“Help us!”, Launched the Palestinian president, warmly applauded after his speech. Mahmoud Abbas then left the room, not attending the response of the Israeli ambassador to the UN.

During his long and rare solemn and firm intervention before the highest authority of the United Nations, the Palestinian president also asked the countries that did not recognize the State of Palestine to do so.

Of the 193 member nations of the United Nations, 138 states have recognized the state of Palestine, he said. “We will come back to the Security Council and ask for this protection” of full recognition of a state, he said. “Recognizing the State of Palestine does not go against negotiations” but favors them, he insisted.

– American veto –

Remaining measured in the expression against Washington, the Palestinian president also denounced unilateral decisions such as the end-2017 recognition of the United States of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, under the watchful eye of US ambassador Nikki. Haley, arms crossed.

Ⓒ AFP – TIMOTHY A. CLARY – | Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN addresses the UN Security Council on February 20, 2018 in New York, sitting in front of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law

“We want Jerusalem to be open to the three monotheistic religions,” said Mahmoud Abbas, claiming that Jerusalem is also the capital of the future Palestinian state.

Since 2012, Palestine has been a “non-member observant state” of the UN, which has allowed it to integrate UN agencies and join the International Criminal Court (ICC). But she is still not a full member of the United Nations.

Membership requires a Security Council recommendation to the UN General Assembly, without a veto from the United States, Israel’s first supporter.

Abbas rejects a single US administration mediation since President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in late 2017.

In December, Palestinians received unanimous Security Council approval – a Washington veto – to condemn this decision. The sentence was later approved by the UN General Assembly, prompting the ire of Washington and Nikki Haley.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon rejected the Palestinian president’s speech in full, denouncing the fact that he leaves the room before his own speech. “You are not part of the solution but the problem,” said the Israeli diplomat. “When we reach out, Mahmoud Abbas holds out his fist,” he added.

– In limbo –

The Palestinian president had already urged Europeans to recognize Palestine on January 22 in Brussels, before doing the same with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on February 12.

The Trump administration has said it is working on a peace plan for the Middle East but the latter still seems in limbo. “They are in full internal discussion,” according to a diplomat, who doubts that Washington already knows where to go.

Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Donald Trump and Middle East broker, made the trip to New York to attend the Security Council meeting.

“We have never refused dialogue,” the Palestinian president said, adding that “Israel has turned away from the two-state solution.” “Donald Trump’s government has not clarified his position, is he in favor of a state or two states?” He asked. “The Israeli occupation that was once temporary has become permanent” and “Israel ignores the law,” he lamented.

“Eighty-six UN resolutions have remained a dead letter,” he also said.

As a preliminary to the meeting, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres renewed his warnings against creating an “irreversible reality of a state” instead of the solution advocated so far of two states living side by side. coast. “There is no plan B” and “the time of reconciliation and reason has come,” said the boss of the United Nations.

UN envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, called for a halt to Israeli settlements, also in his monthly briefing on the Middle East, his concern over the crisis in Gaza that “worsens “. He asked for new funds for the UN agency dealing with Palestinians that is suffering from a decline in US financial payments.

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