Tonight was a historic moment for our people and for all those around the world who seek justice and peace.
The State of Palestine signed a number of international treaties, all of which are consistent with the values of our nation, the foremost of which is respect for international human rights and humanitarian law.
Tonight, we call upon the international community to assume its responsibility in order to achieve a just and lasting peace in Palestine, including ending the occupation that began in 1967. We have provided our people, and all those who seeking a just peace, a horizon of hope. We trust that the international community will stand by us, as we seek to exercise the long overdue rights of our State and of our people.
In response to our legitimate step to seek international justice for our people following decades of Israeli human rights violations combined with impunity for its crimes, the Government of Israel has announced that it will take several punitive measures against our nation. Israel is once again responding to our legal steps with further illegal collective punishments.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the state of Palestine will join the International Criminal Court on April 1, a high-stakes move that will enable the Palestinians to pursue war-crimes charges against Israel.
The Palestinians submitted the documents ratifying the Rome Statute that established the court last Friday, the last formal step to becoming a member of the world's permanent war crimes tribunal.
Ramallah - The President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas denounced the heinous terrorist incident, which took place Wednesday in the French capital Paris, which killed French citizens.
In January 2015, New Zealand took up a two-year non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council. It is anticipated that New Zealand will play an effective role at this level. It is important to note the strong support for Palestine that New Zealand has expressed.