African Union Observes Palestinian Day in Addis Ababa

AU-Palestinian-DayDecember 3, 2018 - The African Union (AU) and diplomatic communities based in Addis Ababa observed the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People at the Economic Commission Africa Hall on November 30, 2018, according to the Ethiopian News Agency.

The African Union announced it is committed to support all efforts in achieving a lasting solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict.

African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Kwesi Quartey said AU supports all efforts to achieve solution to the Palestine and Israel conflict based on international law and legitimacy.

The AU Commission will tirelessly continue to work with the international community to ensure the establishment of an independent state of Palestine with borders and capital city, he added.

He also called on international communities and organizations to assume responsibilities to bring peace with the states of Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and harmony.

Ethiopia’s Permanent Secretary at AU, Woinshet Tadesse said Ethiopia supports the Palestinian cause to get final solution based on UN resolutions, international laws and international legitimacy.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is a UN-sponsored observance day. The events is generally held on November 29 each year to mark the anniversary of UN resolution 181.

United Nations Resolution 181, is a resolution passed by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1947 that called for the partition of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states, with the city of Jerusalem as a corpus separatum (Latin: “separate entity”) to be governed by a special international regime.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the longest internation conflicts in the world, and, according to many, one of the main sources of international terrorism by Islamic militants.

The origins of the conflict can be traced back to Jewish immigration to the region and the creation of the state of Isreal in 1948, and sectarian conflict between Arabs and Jews. It has been referred to as the world's "most intractable conflict", with the ongoing Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip reaching 51 years.

Despite a long-term peace process and the general reconciliation of Israel with of the arab nations, such as Egypt and Jordan, the Israelis and Palestinians have failed to reach a final peace agreement. The key issues are: mutual recognition, borders, security, water rights, control of Jerusalem, Israeli settlements, Palestinian freedom of movement, and Palestinian right of return.


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