Peres and Migiro 4311.
(photo credit: Mark Neiman/GPO)
Palestinian state will be possible only through direct and discrete negotiations
between the sides, President Shimon Peres told UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha
Rose Migiro on Sunday.
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“Do not delude the Palestinians into thinking that
unilaterally declaring a Palestinian state in the United Nations will lead to
the establishment of a state,” Peres said.
Migiro, who is in Israel
primarily to attend the Jubilee Biennial Women’s Leadership conference co-hosted
by the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center and UNESCO, also
took the opportunity to meet with several Israeli dignitaries to discuss the
possibility of the resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and the
Palestinians. The theme of the conference she is attending is Science,
Technology and Innovation: Education and Training for Women and Girls.
emphasizing the need for the UN resolution to include a guarantee of Israel’s
right to live in security, Peres explained that security means how to stop
terrorism, and how to stop the smuggling of arms. If the resolution deals only
with the security of Israel, he said, the Palestinians won’t be satisfied, and
if it relates only to a Palestinian state, the Israelis won’t be satisfied.
Therefore the resolution must contain the two components.
underscored Israel’s right to board ships carrying arms to elements hostile to
Israel, even when such vessels are not in Israeli territorial waters. Only if it
turns back, does Israel lose its boarding rights, he said.
of flotillas in the area has become a provocation, Peres
continued. “Whoever wants to have peace in Gaza, tell them to stop
shooting and smuggling arms and to renounce terror.” Israel would like to
see that the limitations introduced by the Quartet and by the UN are respected
in Gaza, he added.
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While aware that UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon
wants to be fair to both sides, Peres confessed that Israel is worried, not by
anything that the Secretary General might do or say, but by the majority of
members of the UN. “We’re worried about the built-in majority against us. We
don’t have a chance.
It’s a lost cause,” he said, but noted that not all
UN member states are happy about Iran’s policy which seeks to destroy another
member state. It goes against the UN Charter, he said.
Peres praised the
secretarygeneral for having introduced International Holocaust Remembrance Day
and stated that Israel also remembers that it is “a child of the UN from
November 1947, when the majority decided to support the creation of an Arab
state and a Jewish state.
We accepted it. The Arabs rejected
Peres said that as a responsible member of the UN, Israel calls for
a balanced and responsible resolution [in September].
He also voiced
Israel’s desire to help the world overcome poverty, disease, dictatorship and
corruption, and expressed Israel’s willingness to help the young generation of
Arabs to have a better world. He was confident that once there is an agreement
on peace and security, other issues will fall into place.
“We are for an
independent Palestinian state living in prosperity and democracy,” he
Migiro, familiar with Israel from previous visits, said she was
happy to be back and reaffirmed the cooperation between the UN and the
government and people of Israel.
“We are strong partners,” she said,
commending Israel for its commitment to combating poverty and discrimination and
for contributing to the development of other countries.
The UN stands
committed to working for an internationally agreed upon two state solution with
the two states living in peace and security, said Migiro.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Migiro, who has visited both Yad Vashem
and Auschwitz, said that the UN is working closely with Yad Vashem “to make sure
that this chapter in history is not repeated.”
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