Abbas Warns, Time Running out to Realize Two-State Solution

GENEVA, October 28, 2015 (WAFA) – Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council, President Mahmoud Abbas Wedesnday said it is about time for Israel’s leaders to have the courage to make the right decisions before it is too late to make the two-state solution a reality.

Abbas opened up his speech by saying what they have warned against has happened.

He said the current human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, is the worst and most critical since 1948.

During his address, Abbas encouraged UN specialized agencies, members’ states and the UN Security Council, more than ever before, to set up a special procedure for the protection of the Palestinian people in an urgent and immediate fashion.

Abbas wondered whether the time has come for the international community to translate its remarks about achieving justice for the Palestinian cause into practical steps that would help achieve peace.

The president explained that the current Palestinian uprising is just an inevitable result of Israel’s violations and crimes, which he has repeatedly warned against along with the international community’s failure to end the suffering and injustice inflicted upon the Palestinian people, especially youth.

“Haven’t you wondered; for how long will this protracted Israeli occupation of our land last? For how long will our people remain dispossessed of the full and undiminished enjoyment of their rights as protected by international legitimacy, most notably their fundamental right to life and self-determination, and their right to build their independent and sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital as and to live as human beings in accordance with the provisions of international conventions and treaties. Is that too much to ask?”

Abbas welcomed international efforts intended to expand the scope of international stakeholders’ participation to achieve peace, calling for a UN Security Council resolution that would outline clear terms of reference for peacemaking based on the two-state solution along 1967 borders.

He noted that such a resolution would be announced in an international peace conference. Meanwhile, Israel, added Abbas, should release the fourth batch of Palestinian detainees.

The speech came a day after Abbas met the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra‘ad Al Hussein in Geneva.

Abbas and Al Hussein discussed the latest critical developments in the Palestinian territories, especially the suffering of the Palestinian people as a result of Israeli attacks and violations of fundamental norms of the international law.

Abbas was accompanied in his meeting with PLO Chief Secretary-General Saeb Erekat, Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki, Presidential spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudenieh, Presidential Advisor for diplomatic Affairs Majdi al-Khaldi and Head of the PLO Mission to Geneva Ibrahim Khraisha.

He arrived in Geneva Tuesday evening from Brussels, seeking to brief the UN Human Rights Council on the Israeli violations against the Palestinian people as well as Islamic and Christian holy places.

Speaking to Mawtini local radio station on the purpose of Abbas’ visit, al-Malki said Abbas would underscore the importance of providing international protection to the Palestinian people.

Al-Malki said Abbas is slated to meet Prosecutor General of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda at the end of this month and hand her two portfolios about the Israeli extrajudicial killings of Palestinians.