Speakers in General Assembly Urge Greater Efforts to Realize Two-State Solution 70 Years after Adoption of Resolution Partitioning Palestine

Report from the UN General Assembly

29.11.2017
 
Noting that today marked 70 years since the adoption of a United Nations resolution to partition Palestine, speakers stressed the need to capture momentum, redouble efforts and through dialogue and diplomacy achieve a two‑State solution, as the General Assembly began its annual debate on the Palestinian question.

The Assembly heard the introduction of four draft resolutions addressing the various United Nations bodies and departments charged with defending the rights of the Palestinian people. It also heard urgent appeals from many delegates for concrete action to end Israel’s occupation and to continue to support the Palestinian people. Many speakers demanded that Israel cease its settlement activities and that all parties return to the negotiating table. Speakers also urged the international community to continue to support the peace process, as well as humanitarian efforts in the Gaza Strip and elsewhere in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák (Slovakia) stressed that there was no alternative to direct talks, underscoring the need for political support from international, regional and national actors. It was essential to maintain and increase the positive momentum, he said, stressing: “All this momentum has been driven by diplomacy and dialogue.” Recalling that the General Assembly had placed the question of Palestine on its agenda in 1947, he noted that many discussions had taken place since then. “We have heard positions from all parties. We have called for action, and we have expressed hopes for the future,” he added. Yet, the question of Palestine remained. “At any moment, dialogue can take a new course and uncover new scope for compromise,” he added.