Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, addresses the general debate of the 75th Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 22 – 29 September 2020).
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the recent normalization agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain violate the Arab Peace Initiative adding that the PLO “has not given a mandate to anyone to speak or negotiate on behalf of the Palestinian people.”
In his address to the General Assembly released today (25 Sep), Abbas said the recent normalization agreements between Israel and both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain violate the Arab Peace Initiative and the terms of reference of a comprehensive, lasting and just solution in accordance with international law. He stressed that the only path to real peace in the Middle East “requires ending the occupation and securing the independence of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
The Palestinian President called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to undertake, in cooperation with the Quartet and the Security Council, preparations to convene an international conference with full authority and with the participation of all concerned parties, early next year, to engage in a genuine peace process, based on international law, UN resolutions and the relevant terms of reference, leading to an end the occupation and an independent State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on the 1967 borders, and resolving all final status issues, notably the question of the refugees.
He said, “The Palestinian people have been present in their homeland, Palestine, the land of their ancestors, for over 6000 years, and they will continue living on this land, steadfast in the face of occupation, aggression and the disappointments and betrayals, until the fulfilment of their rights. Despite all they have endured and continue to endure, despite the unjust blockade that targets our national decision, we will not kneel or surrender, and we will not deviate from our fundamental positions, and we shall overcome, God willing.”
Abbas said the Palestinians have accepted international law and UN resolutions, despite acknowledging only the territories occupied since 1967 as Palestinian. He said, on the other hand, Israel and the US administration substituted this basis with the so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ and plans to annex 33 per cent of the State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem.
The Palestinian President said, “Those who believe the Palestinian people can coexist with the occupation or be subdued by pressure and diktats are under an illusion, as are those who are being misled to believe that they can circumvent our people, who bear this struggle and are its only address. Let everyone know there will be no peace, no security, no stability and no coexistence in our region while this occupation continues and a just, comprehensive solution to the question of Palestine, the core of the conflict, remains denied.”