Abbas calls for Mideast peace conference in rare United Nations speech

Lucy Bush
February 23, 2018

Speaking to Voice of Palestine radio, Mansour said that Paris welcomed these proposals regarding the convening of an global peace conference and the creation of a new mechanism for the peace process and expressed readiness to consider them.

Haley was accompanied to Tuesday's council meeting by Jason Greenblatt, the U.S. envoy for Middle East peace, and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in law and adviser on Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. But we will not chase after you. The choice, Mr. President, is yours. There has been little detail on the plan so far.

Abbas noted that he met with President Trump and other USA officials repeatedly in 2017, and that at this point they can't even get a commitment from the U.S. on whether peace will mean a two-state solution or permanent Israeli occupation of Palestine.

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France, which hosted a Middle East peace conference in Paris a year ago, is ready to examine Abbas's proposal for a revamped approach, but this "would not cast doubt" over the "indispensable" role of the United States, Delattre told the council. "Yet this administration has not clarified its position".

Such an approach "would not cast doubt over the role of the United States, whose engagement in support of the peace process is indispensable", French Ambassador Francois Delattre said. The Palestinians want the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future independent state of their own that would include the West Bank and Gaza.

"A new phase has begun in the struggle to preserve the overall goal of our Palestinian people, the Arab nation and the world as a whole, and this is the issue of Al-Quds, with its holy sites to Islam and Christianity, its heritage and history, which some are trying to counterfeit by contradicting all worldwide laws which have always established that Al-Quds is Palestinian and Arab", Abu Rudeina said.

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Presenting a plan to revive Israeli-Palestinian talks under a new global peace process that would replace the US-led mediation, Mr Abbas said the conference would be attended by Israel and the Palestinians, regional players, the five permanent Security Council members in addition to United Nations and European Union.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the so-called Quartet - made up of the United Nations, the United States, Russia and the European Union - and the League of Arab States could play a role in kick-starting the stalled peace process.

The Palestinian leader immediately left the council chamber following his address, leading Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon to complain that Abbas was "running away" from dialogue.

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