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Russia’s initiative to hold an international conference on Palestine and Israeli issues

by YCPress

Moscow January 28 The United Nations Security Council met on the 26th to discuss the Palestinian and Israeli issues.

At the meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov proposed to hold ministerial talks between Palestine and Israel, the relevant Middle East quadriparties (the United Nations, the European Union, Russia, the United States) and important countries in the region to promote the Palestinian-Israeli peace process this spring or summer.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov attends a press conference in Moscow, a photo released on June 16, 2020, by the Russian Foreign Ministry. Xinhua News Agency/Satellite News Agency)

Russia proposes multi-party talks

Speaking to the Security Council videoconference, Lavrov said that Russia supports the previous initiative of President Mahmoud Abbas of the State of Palestine to hold multi-party talks on the Palestinian-Israeli issue.” We propose a ministerial international conference in spring or summer 2021.”

Lavrov proposed that the participants include Palestine, Israel, the Quartet concerned on the Middle East, as well as Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Lavrov did not mention the specific venue of the meeting, but said that the Russian government was ready to meet in the capital Moscow.

Palestinian-Israeli peace talks have been stalled for many years.

Lavrov said: “We believe that the Quartet concerned on the Middle East issue can play a very effective role in close cooperation with the parties to the conflict and key Arab countries.”

UN spokesman Stefana Dijaric said that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will examine the Russian initiative.” We have always called for the resumption of the activities of the Quartet on the Middle East, which we hope to see.

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Richard Mills, the interim representative of the United States to the United Nations, said on the 26th that the new government led by US President Joseph Biden sought to restore relations with Palestine.

“The Biden administration will resume reliable engagement with Palestinians and Israelis,” Mills said.

“Biden has made clear intention to restore U.S. aid programs and humanitarian aid to Palestine in support of Palestinian economic development, and will take steps to reopen the diplomatic agency that the previous U.S. government closed.”

The Palestinian-Israeli peace process has lasted for decades, during which it has been interrupted many times. During the administration of the international community, former U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no longer regarded Jewish settlements in the West Bank as inconsistent with international law, and stopped funding the United Nations Palestine Refugees Assistance Agency.

Close the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, D.C. The Palestinian side strongly protested the Trump administration’s position and practice of favoring Israel and refused to continue the United States to mediate the Palestinian-Israeli peace process and seek multilateral mediation mechanisms instead.

Prior to Mills’ speech, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maleki said: “Now is the time to repair the damage caused by the previous U.S. government.”

Mills said the Biden administration will deal with the Palestinian-Israeli dispute in a more equitable manner and “support the two-state solution”.

The two-state solution refers to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on the pre-East Jerusalem border in 1967 and with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side in peace with Israel.

This program is supported by a number of United Nations resolutions.