Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad al-Malki Tuesday evening reiterated the call for an international Middle East peace conference.
Speaking in a virtual meeting for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), al-Malki renewed the call for holding an international conference on peace in the Middle East, which could mark a turning point in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and restarting the final status negotiations based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.
He also called for reviving the Quartet, the Quartet’s cooperation with partners and concerned parties and for ongoing action through UNSC.
He explained that Palestine’s call for multilateral participation in the international conference is not an attempt to evade bilateral negotiations, but an attempt to ensure successful bilateral negotiations with Israel.
The top Palestinian diplomat stressed that salvaging the prospects for realizing the two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders before it is too late is a collective responsibility, and determined the current status quo, the lack of trust, the illegal unilateral actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, as the reasons which impede peacemaking, but added that these reasons should prompt the international community to intervene in a viable peace process.
He cautioned that the current status quo in the occupied territories risks leading further down the path to the one-state reality and permanent occupation, as he stressed the need to salvage the two-state solution following four years of consolidation of the Israeli occupation and control over the Palestinian people by the former US President Donald Trump’s administration.
He emphasized that the Palestinian people would not accept anything less than what is stipulated in the United Nations Charter, and would never accept a future of siege, subjugation and foreign occupation.
He added that the Palestinian leadership would not spare any effort to secure the independent, democratic, sovereign, and territorially contiguous State of Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, using peaceful means.