Transcript: Remarks by Riyad Mansour on Palestine’s application for non-member observer status at the United Nations
Transcribed & edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of remarks by Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, on Nov. 29, 2012:
I am sure that many of you are very happy, as we are. Today was a historic day, and the voting was a terrific voting. We had a large number – more than two-thirds – of the member-states of the United Nations have voted with Palestine.
The General Assembly legislated a recognition of the state of Palestine and bestowing it an observer state status – non-member observer state status.
Our President sends his salute to you, and he would like to come and speak to you but you know that he’s extremely busy and meeting with so many leaders, receiving congratulations. But we want to thank you for showing in large number to cover this historic event.
Our people are in the streets, in hundreds of thousands, in all parts of the occupied Palestinian territory, in the West Bank, in the Gaza Strip, in East Jerusalem, in the camps, in the diaspora everywhere, celebrating this historic day.
We thank you again for showing up. I’m sure that you cover the entire afternoon and the morning and it was really indeed a historic day.
Question: When the Palestinian state will be going in front of this river and what is next for you? What steps you are going to undertake after this?
Mansour: You mean the flag of Palestine? We hope that the flag of Palestine will be raised soon in front of the building when the obstacles that we face in the Security Council for our application to be removed. And this message from more than two-thirds majority of member states should be a loud and clear message for the Security Council to allow for a positive recommendation from the Security Council to the General Assembly so that Palestine will be a full member among the community of nations and our great flag will be raised in front of the building.
Question: You told us a couple of days ago that after this vote your first, second, and third priorities would be negotiations, negotiations, and negotiations. What is President Abbas doing now to try to initiate such negotiations?
Mansour: I said that my President always says when he’s asked that his priorities are negotiations, negotiations, negotiations. He’s always saying that if the other side is ready and willing to negotiate in good faith, the Palestinian side has no problem. The other side has indicated through the Ambassador of Israel that they are not ready for such things. Our hand is extended for peace; their hand is not extended in that direction.
Thank you very much. I need to go. Thank you!
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