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Mr. Ndiaye (Senegal) (spoke in French): I particularly welcome the opportunity today to represent His Excellency Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, before the General Assembly and to deliver this intervention on his behalf.
The thorny issue of the Palestinian conflict comes to mind. In that connection, Senegal welcomes the ceasefire of recent months. In its capacity as Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Senegal reiterates its call to revive the peace process and put an end to the blockade that has been suffocating Gaza since 2007. In this International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Senegal renews its support for a just, peaceful and negotiated solution as the only option capable of ending the conflict and achieving the creation of a viable, independent Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side with Israel within secure, internationally recognized borders.