International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on 29 November each year, in accordance with mandates given by the General Assembly in its resolutions 32/40 of 2 December 1977. b_88_66_16777215_00_images_content_news_817.jpg International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on 29 November each year, in accordance with mandates given by the General Assembly in its resolutions 32/40 of 2 December 1977.
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International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on 29 November each year, in accordance with mandates given by the General Assembly in its resolutions 32/40 of 2 December 1977. In response to the call of the United Nations various activities are undertaken annually by Governments and civil society in observance of this Day.

In Ukraine, the panel discussion “Right to Development. Palestinian Context” was organized on 28 November 2006 in the Institute of International Relations of the Kyiv National T. Shevchenko University involvinging more then 70 students and experts

The panel was moderated by Deputy Director of the Institute of International Relations Mr. Oleksandr Shnyrko. On behalf of the Resident Coordinator of the UN system in Ukraine, UN Human Rights Advisor Mr. Alan Skurbaty delivered the speech emphasizing that the right to development is one of the cornerstones of the human rights edifice of the United Nations and that no development is conceivable if there is no peace between two democratic states, Israel and the emerging state of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. Full speech is available here.

H.E. Mr. Khalid Ariqat, Ambassador of Palestine addressed the participants of the discussion and stated that this Day is reminding us on searching for fair solution of the Palestine issue. The full speech of the Ambassador is available here.

The other speakers of the discussion were Mr. Pavel Ignatyev, Professor of the Institute of International Relations, Mr. Petro Datsenko, Head of UN Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Illarion Pavlyuk, News Editor-in-Chief of K1 TV channel who used to be a reporter covering Middle East issues. Following the speeches, the students and other participants took part in the discussion asking questions from the panel.

In New York, on 29 November 2006 the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan delivered his message on the International Day of Solidarity and stated:

"A peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains heart-rendingly elusive. Successive opportunities to move the peace process forward have not borne fruit. In the past few days, with the announcement of a cease-fire in Gaza, we have had a glimmer of hope that the latest round of hostilities might give way to a period of calm. I call on both sides to adhere to this commitment, and to avoid any actions that could jeopardize further progress. I also encourage them to extend the ceasefire to the West Bank.

Indeed, an end to violence is absolutely essential. The most recent military operations in the Gaza Strip resulted in a dramatic rise in civilian casualties and in the destruction of property and infrastructure. It remains crucial for Israel to exercise maximum restraint, and to uphold its responsibility to protect Palestinian civilians under international law. Israelis, too, live in insecurity. They have rightly demanded that the Palestinian Authority take credible action to prevent attacks against them and their territory. The constant rocket attacks by Palestinian militants against Israeli civilian targets are unacceptable and should be stopped at once.The Palestinian Authority itself faces a debilitating political and financial crisis. Palestinian institutions, hospitals and schools are in an alarmingly precarious state, exacerbating the acute suffering already being endured by the Palestinian people. Indeed, the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the West Bank and Gaza demands immediate attention, and I hope the donor community will continue to be generous.

The bloodshed of the past several months has been all the more tragic because we know that clear majorities of both Palestinians and Israelis want a negotiated, two-state solution -- one that would end the occupation that began in 1967, establish an independent State of Palestine, and ensure security for Israel. I also believe that the leaders of each side -- President Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert -- are genuinely committed to lifting their peoples out of decades of pain and uncertainty. The parties themselves continue to bear the primary responsibility for finding their way out of their predicament, by engaging in a viable political process that can lead to the peace their peoples both yearn for. No one can make peace for them, impose peace on them, or want peace more than they do. At the same time, the international community has also played an important part in this conflict from its very beginnings, and cannot escape its own responsibility to contribute to a solution.

The United Nations has always been in the forefront of that international role, deeply engaged in seeking peace and in efforts to relieve the suffering. We should not forget that this Day commemorates the General Assembly’s first proposal for a two-state solution, in 1947. Today, Security Council resolutions 242, 338, 1397 and 1515 remain the accepted guideposts for a just and lasting solution. Our peacekeeping operations have helped create space for diplomacy. The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process continues to work very closely with the parties, and with representatives of the international community in the region. And our humanitarian and development agencies continue to provide a lifeline to millions of Palestinians in need. I commend the work being done by the men and women of those agencies, who are carrying out their mandates under increasingly dangerous conditions.

On this International Day, let us commit ourselves to breathing new life into the peace process so that the goals of statehood for Palestinians, and security for the State of Israel, can be realized before this tragedy takes too many more lives”.

More information on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People could be found at http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/palestinian/index.html .

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