The Palestinian Authority (PA) has called on the UN member states to spare no efforts to pursue the issue of Palestinian statehood bid.
PA’s ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour called on the UN member states to do their jobs on the subject of pushing of Palestinian statehood calling their work "pivotal".
Addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday to commemorate the UN’s annual International Day of Solidarity on Tuesday, Mansour got straight to the nut of the troubles Palestine has with Israel as yet unsolved by the United Nations.
“The wound of this tragedy and injustice remains gaping and bleeding, challenging the fundamental ideals and laws on which our international system has been established for this conflict has not only caused immense human sufferings, but has also undermined the credibility and efficacy of the UN and the legal instrument that member states are obliged to uphold and respect in all circumstances,” he went on to say.
The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was established by General Assembly resolution in 1977 and has been an annual event since then.
Four draft resolutions were introduced on the floor of the General Assembly with three of those coming from the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. None were voted on.
The Israeli delegation responded to criticism from several corners dismissing as "fiction" accusations that Israel is responsible for many problems in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Egypt and Syria both called for a halt to illegal Israeli activities in the occupied zones such as settlement building.
Egyptian Ambassador Maged Abdel Aziz spoke on behalf of the non-align movement and blasted Israel for claiming to be interested in talks while continuing to show aggressive behavior on the ground in occupied territory.
Other member states called for the United Nations to more fully abide by its charter, and follow through with approval of membership that would establish the Palestinian state that the UN voted to form decades ago. The European Union made no shift in it’s position.