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Abbas meets pope, invites him to visit Holy Land

18 October 2013 in 2013

(Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land.

The pontiff, who has made many appeals for peace in the Middle East since his election in March, has already told Israel he will visit and is widely expected to make the trip next year.

"I invited him to the Holy Land," Abbas said after a 30-minute private audience with the pope in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, their first meeting.

PNA asks UNESCO to probe Israeli measures in east Jerusalem

11 October 2013 in 2013

RAMALLAH, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) is to ask UNESCO to send a mission to probe the recent Israeli measures in east Jerusalem, mainly against al-Aqsa Mosque, a senior PNA official said Wednesday.

"UNESCO should intervene and investigate these measures, mainly digging tunnels under al-Aqsa Mosque," said PNA Foreign Affairs Minister Reyad al-Malki in a radio interview.

Palestinians Access to Area C Key to Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth

09 October 2013 in 2013

JERUSALEM, October 8, 2013 – More than half the land in the West Bank, much of it agricultural and resource rich, is inaccessible to Palestinians. The first comprehensive study of the potential impact of this ‘restricted land,’ released by the World Bank today, sets the current loss to the Palestinian economy at about US$3.4 billion.

Area C constitutes 61 percent of the West Bank and is the only contiguous land connecting 227 smaller separate and heavily residential areas. The 1993 Oslo Peace Accords stipulated that Area C be gradually transferred to the Palestinian Authority (PA) by 1998. This transfer has never taken place.g

Israeli court rejects Israeli nationality, saying it could undermine Jewish character

09 October 2013 in 2013

JERUSALEM — Israel’s population registry lists a slew of “nationalities” and ethnicities, among them Jew, Arab, Druse and more. But one word is conspicuously absent from the list: Israeli.

Residents cannot identify themselves as Israelis in the national registry because the move could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s Jewish character, the Israeli Supreme Court wrote in documents obtained Thursday.

Statement by Middle East Quartet

01 October 2013 in 2013

The following statement by the Middle East Quartet (United Nations, Russian Federation, United States, European Union) was issued on 27 September:

Representatives of the Quartet — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Kimoon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United States Secretary of State John Kerry, High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union Catherine Ashton — met in New York on 27 September. They were joined by Quartet Representative Tony Blair and by Israeli chief negotiator Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.


27 September 2013 in 2013

The year 2012 witnessed substantial developments on the legitimacy, efficiency, and capacity of the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
These developments and achievements have been reaffirmed through numerous meetings with stakeholders who applauded the work of the Delegation and its accomplishments on the diplomatic and community levels.

Statement delivered, on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas, by Dr. Rami Hamdallah, Prime Minister of the State of Palestine

27 September 2013 in 2013

Statement delivered, on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas, by Dr. Rami Hamdallah, Prime Minister of the State of Palestine, on the occasion of the Special Meeting of a Group of Supporters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 26 September 2013.

Lauding recent progress, Ban urges Israelis and Palestinians to forge ahead towards peace

27 September 2013 in 2013

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to build on recent progress and for the international community to assist them in forging a way forward in the peace process.

“We must do all we can to save the two-State solution. If we truly believe in that solution, we must also recognize that the window for achieving it is closing fast,” Mr. Ban said at the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, which was chaired by Norway.

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