Palestinians have 'inalienable right for their independence,' says UN chief

10:44, December 18, 2010      

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"Palestinians have the inalienable right for their independence" and establishing an independence day "should be discussed as we see peace and negotiations evolve," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here Friday.

The secretary-general made the statement at his year-end press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York.

"Palestinians have the inalienable right for their independence and establishing such independence day should be discussed as we see peace and negotiations evolve," Ban told reporters.

Noting that the direct peace talks for the Middle East have " not been favorably developing," particularly over the stalled settlement freeze issues, Ban stressed it "should be resolved as soon as possible."

On the Quartet which is the diplomat group consisting of the UN, the U.S., Russia and the European Union, Ban said that "we will try to have quartet meeting as early as possible in the new year."

Quartet, together with the international community, is seeking the two-State solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict -- a secure Israel to live in peace with an independent Palestinian State.

After the direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were suspended due to Israel's rejection to further freeze settlement building, the Palestinians threatened to use other diplomatic options in case the peace talks fail, including appealing to the UN Security Council and the UN Assembly and demanding an international recognition of an independent Palestinian state on the territories occupied in 1967 by Israel with east Jerusalem as its capital.

Source: Xinhua
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