The Gaza Post|the News of Palestine-Ramallah
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will deliver a “significant” speech at the United Nations next month, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki announced on Thursday.
In a statement to the official Voice of Palestine radio, al-Maliki said the speech would bear the international community responsibilities if they want Palestinian people to decide their own destiny, freedom and independence like the rest of the world.
On the submission of a request for full membership of Palestine in the UN Security Council, Maliki said that Palestinian leadership decided to activate the request in the Council in the midst of confrontation, and after Israeli government completely rejected the establishment of a Palestinian state.
We must not stop at 138 countries that have recognized the state of Palestine we must add to this a large number of countries, and this requires a lot of movement on many levels in preparation for future meetings of the United Nations next month.
On the American position on the Palestinian move, the foreign minister pointed out that there is a new American administration whose delegate in the United Nations declared its “hostility” to the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
We expect a very fierce battle by this administration, which means that we may activate the demand and we may encounter US veto for the first, the second and tenth and may be the hundred time.
We want to prove to all the members of the Security Council and the General Assembly that there is hostility on the part of this administration against Palestinian rights, which requires to leave our demand in the Security Council and move to the United Nations General Assembly in the name of Uniting for Peace, There is a greater chance for us to achieve this end”.
The Palestinians received observer status as a non-member of the United Nations in 2012 and in 2014 did not receive a majority in the Security Council to vote for full membership in the international organization.
On the political front, Maliki said the Palestinian leadership was waiting for a US delegation to arrive in the next two weeks, including White House chief of staff Jared Kouchner and US special envoy Donald Trump for the peace process, Jason Greenblatt.
He added that US delegation “should bear with him clear answers to the questions posed by the Palestinian leadership to the US administration that it wants to be a sponsor of the peace science, or is a postal seeker to transfer Israeli positions and then adopt, and whether it adopts the two-state solution on the borders of the fourth of June 1967 “or not..
Last peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians ended at the end of March 2014 after nine months of US-sponsored talks without progress to resolve the decades-long conflict.