Palestinian envoy harps on two-state solution, lauds AU stance

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The Ambassador of the Embassy of the State of Palestine to Nigeria, Abdullah M. Abu Shawesh has emphasised on the need for two-state solution as a way of ending the Isreali-Palestinian conflict.

The ambassador in a statement in Abuja, said the two-state solution was at the core of the 181 resolution that was adopted by the UNGA on 29 November 1947, known as “the Partition Plan of Palestine.

“The resolution proposed dividing the historical land of Palestine into two states, one of which already exists and is called Israel, while the other, called Palestine, has yet to be established.

“Legally speaking, all the countries that recognise Israel based on resolution 181 acknowledge that the state of Israel was created in accordance with this resolution.

“This is an essential part of Israeli policy that has been in place for a long time.We should stop talking about the two-state solution as if it were a new invention.

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Shawesh while saying that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, congratulated all African people for convening the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa and its successful conclusion.

According to him, in its final outcome document, the AU adopted a declaration on the situation in Palestine and the Middle East.

He decried the loss of lives and property in Gaza, saying, “clock is ticking, death is everywhere, and maiming is a tragic fact that will stay with the people for the last moment of their lives.

“Trauma is dominant in the entire society, and the people are completely desperate and moving with no hope.

“All of this, and the world still begs the Israeli Occupation for mercy.

“The US vetoed a Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire of Israeli war against the Palestinian people.

“This marks the third time the US has vetoed such a resolution.

“The Palestinian presidency condemned the US move, accusing it of giving additional green light to Israel to continue its genocidal war,”he said.

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The ambassador said, “thousands of victims are still under rubble and on the roads, as the occupation army prevents ambulances and civil defense crews from reaching them.

“As part of its ongoing war on the basic necessities of life, the Israeli occupation has completely destroyed 42,000 meters of water pipes, 40 wells, and 9 water tanks, and has also destroyed about one million square meters of roads, according to the Gaza Municipality.

“There are no accurate numbers for the detainees in Gaza, and there is little information about them.We call on the ICRC to uphold its mandated duties in accordance with international law and visit the Israeli prisons and detention centers to verify the inhumane and miserable situation that the prisoners are subjected to.

“In his speech before the AU summit in Addis Ababa on Saturday, February 17, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said, and I quote, “let your voice be loud to stop the Israeli aggression and colonies.

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He further said “the African Union (AU) was right when it prevented Israel from being an observer state in the Union, and prevented the infiltration of its representatives into this forum last year…

“Dr. Shtayyeh called for placing the entire colonies project under international sanctions, by boycotting settlement products and boycotting settlement institutions and settlers, pointing out the importance of completing what some countries did by placing a number of settlers on terrorist lists.

“Hundreds of people have been killed, thousands have been injured, and all this needs to be investigated independently”6Israel has denied a visa for UN Special Rapporteur to the OPT, Francesca Albanese.

This is not new, as Israel has denied entry to all special rapporteurs in the past.”

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