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
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Asian-African Ministerial Meeting on Monday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said Palestians were encouraged that so many Asian and African countries supported Palestinian independence. However, he said he was eager to see how those words of solidarity were put into action to help end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on the sidelines of the Asian African Business Summit held here, discussing ways to support Palestine in attaining full independence.
Speaking to the press conference after the meeting, President Widodo said that further meetings to discuss concrete moves to push forward the independence of Palestine would be conducted at the Asian African Summit 2015.
On April 13, 2015, foreign ministers representing 16 out of 28 European Union (EU) Member States sent a letter to High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini requesting that she take “the lead” and complete the “important work on labeling of settlement produce/products.”
Foreign ministers from 16 EU countries – including the UK – have signed a letter to the EU’s foreign policy head, Federica Mogherini, requesting she expedite moves to ensure the clear labelling of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements and sold in Europe.
PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said:
“Today, we honor and express our solidarity with all Palestinians who have been and continue to be imprisoned in Israeli jails. We commend their steadfastness, courage and determination in defiance of Israel’s military occupation and system of enslavement and apartheid.
Identical letters sent by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour,Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, to the UN Secretary-General, President of the Security Council and President of the General Assembly on the grave situation of Palestine refugees in Yarmouk.