Israel and Palestine must avoid actions that undermine final status (India)

Reiterating that only a two-state solution will bring the lasting peace the peoples of Israel and Palestine deserve, India said this should be achieved through direct negotiations between the two parties on final status issues and that any unilateral action which could prejudice these issues should be avoided. .

India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu said Friday during the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question ‘ that New Delhi reaffirm its support for the Palestinian cause and for the establishment of a sovereign, viable and independent Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel.

We firmly believe that only a two-state solution will bring about the lasting peace that the peoples of Israel and Palestine want and deserve. This should be achieved through direct negotiations between the two parties on final status issues. Both sides must avoid any unilateral action that could prejudice these final status issues, he said.

Naidu called recent diplomatic efforts to revive stalled peace talks encouraging and added that the Quartet’s meeting of special envoys was timely. India urged the Quartet to engage with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

India welcomes all efforts to strengthen the collective commitment of the international community to resume direct negotiations and facilitate the peace process, Naidu said.

Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General Tor Wennesland told the Council meeting that the global community is working to help the parties return to the negotiating table.

Earlier this month, the League of Arab States reiterated its support for the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Middle East Quartet envoys Russia, United States, European Union and United Nations gathered virtually on February 15 to discuss political developments, all agreeing to meet regularly.

Naidu also added that India is happy to note that preparations for the Palestinian elections are advancing. The Cairo agreement between the Palestinian parties on the conduct of legislative and presidential elections – respecting the electoral calendar, accepting election results and other arrangements related to the elections – is a positive step in the right direction, he said. -he declares.

Noting that the commitment made by all parties to release political detainees will also help build confidence between them, India acknowledged Egypt’s efforts to facilitate this agreement. The high percentage of Palestinians, who have registered to vote in the elections, reflects their desire to participate in the democratic process, he said.

Wennesland said holding free and fair elections in Palestinian territory would help pave the way for restoring a legitimate political horizon to achieve a long-sought two-state solution.

The elections will be a crucial step towards restoring Palestinian national unity and renewing the legitimacy of national institutions, including a democratically elected Legislative Council and government in Palestine, he said.

Naidu added that the opening of the Rafah border post is an important development, which will ease the humanitarian and health situation in Gaza.

India stressed that the impact of the pandemic on the people of Gaza has been particularly severe due to the fragile health care infrastructure.

Noting that COVID-19 vaccines are being made available to the Palestinian people, including in Gaza, Naidu said India strongly believes that equity in access to vaccines across the world is important to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

India has provided essential drugs and medical supplies to Palestine as part of COVID-19 assistance and is now sending a second batch of drugs as a grant to the Palestinian people in the coming weeks. .

We will also facilitate a rapid supply of vaccines to Palestine, Naidu said.

Regarding the prospects for vaccination against COVID, Wennesland welcomed the announcement of the Palestinian vaccination strategy and the initial allocation to the Palestinian Ministry of Health of 37,440 doses of vaccine by the COVAX-AMC facility. .

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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