Israeli actions against Palestinians undercut joint world peace efforts: envoy

10:14, April 15, 2010      

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A senior Palestinian diplomat on Wednesday blamed Israel for "the blatant intensification of illegal Israeli settlement activities and human right violations against the Palestinian civilian population," saying that these actions are undercutting the collective peace efforts by the Quartet and the Arab League to solve the Israeli- Palestinian conflict via the two-State solution for peace.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian permanent observer to the United Nations, told an open Security Council debate that since January, "the situation on the ground in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, has regrettably deteriorated due to continuing Israeli acts of aggression, colonization, provocation and incitement against the Palestinian people and their land."

The Palestinian people and their leadership at the present time are facing "a situation marked by the blatant intensification of illegal Israeli settlement activities and human rights violations against the Palestinian civilian people," Mansour said.

"All of this is coinciding -- and it appears not incidentally -- with the intensification of international efforts, led by the United States of America, with the active engagement of other Quartet members -- the European Union, Russian Federation and United Nations, and by the League of Arab States, aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict via the two-State solution for peace," he said.

"Those collective efforts are constantly being undercut by the occupying Power's illegal actions, willfully perpetrated and totally contradictory to a peaceful settlement on the basis of the two-State solution," he added.

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