The Palestinian foreign ministry said on Sunday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to address the 77th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday to rally support for the Middle East peacemaking.
The ministry said in a statement, “Abbas’ speech will constitute an important historic landmark on the road to thwart and topple the expansionist colonial plans of the occupying state and its denial of the just and legitimate national rights of our people.”
The Palestinian leader will urge the international community “not to miss the peace opportunity” for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the statement expressed.
Compelling Israel “to engage in real peace process leading to an end of the occupation of the land” of Palestine is called for by the foreign ministry.
Giving Palestinians a form of civil rule, the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel signed the Oslo agreement in 1993, though negotiations failed to complete the agreement and lead to a Palestinian state.
As Tel Aviv refused to stop settlement building and release Palestinian detainees imprisoned before 1993, peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis collapsed in April 2014.