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Palestinian Presidents Asks UN for Int’l Middle East Conference Next Year

Palestinian Presidents Asks UN for Int’l Middle East Conference Next Year

Friday, 25 September, 2020 - 17:00
In this image made from UNTV video, Palestinian President Abbas speaks in a message at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 25, 2020, at UN headquarters, in New York. (UNTV via AP)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed Friday to the United Nations to arrange an international conference on the peace process.

In an address to the UN General Assembly, Abbas asked Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to convene the meeting "early next year" and bring in "all relevant parties."

"The conference should have full authority to launch a genuine peace process based on international law," Abbas told the virtual General Assembly in a recorded address.

"It should aim to end the occupation and grant the Palestinian people their freedom and independence in their own state along the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital and settle final-status issues, notably the refugee question," he said.

Abbas made his appeal amid concerns among Palestinians of dwindling support in the Arab world for their decades-long campaign for an independent state.

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain earlier this month agreed to recognize Israel.

Abbas said: "It is delusional to think that the Palestinian people could be sidelined."

"You should all know that there can be no peace, no security, no stability or coexistence in our region without an end to the occupation and without a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian question," he said.

The Palestinian Authority has refused diplomatic efforts by the Trump administration, saying it is biased toward Israel.

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