United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Robert Piper of Australia as Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, at the level of Assistant Secretary-General. Mr. Piper will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
The Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister made a successful two-day visit to New Zealand from 30 April to 2 May 2015 to conduct talks with New Zealand officials, in particular the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Murray McCully. The meetings proved to be a success, with McCully informing Al-Malki of the desire of New Zealand to propose a resolution in the Security Council that would end Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the shelling and aerial bombardment of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus on 28 April despite assurances from the Syrian Government that the camp would not be attacked while civilians remained inside. Thousands of civilians in the camp are besieged by terrorist and other armed groups on the inside and Government forces on the outside.
Israel was responsible for striking seven United Nations sites used as civilian shelters during the 2014 Gaza war in which 44 Palestinians died and 227 others were injured, an inquiry ordered by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has concluded.
NSW Labor leader Luke Foley announced yesterday that any Labor MPs receiving assisted travel to Israel would be expected to spend an equivalent time in the West Bank and/or Gaza to hear the case of the Palestinians.
"Labor believes in a two-state solution. A two-state solution must be built on understanding the perspective of two peoples".
Op-Ed by H.E President Mahmoud Abbas “It’s Time for Palestine” published in the Spring 2015 Edition of Horizons Magazine.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who chose Palestinian issues as one of his major foreign policy platforms in last year’s presidential election campaign, has taken his first concrete step in support of Palestinian independence with a decision to open an Indonesian representative office in Ramallah. - See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/22/jokowi-open-indonesian-mission-ramallah.html#sthash.4IDNckcj.dpuf
Britain and France are urging the UN Security Council to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, while New Zealand has begun drafting a resolution on the issue. This was prompted by the US saying it may “reassess” its position on the stalled talks.
France and New Zealand have stressed that it is imperative to act now, given that the Israeli elections are over and there is a current lull in the US before the presidential election campaign heats up.
Ambassador Feda Abdelhady Nasser, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, delivered an important statement before the United Nations Security Council, Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, 21 April 2015.
The Members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern regarding the grave humanitarian situation in Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Syria.
They called for unhindered humanitarian access to the Yarmouk Camp and for the protection of civilians inside the Camp