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Address by Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh, President of the Republic of the Gambia
Thirdly, the situation in the Middle East remains highly volatile, and the United Nations has been watching the cycle of violence in the region rather helplessly. In the most recent conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis, approximately 2,000 people from Gaza, mostly women and children, died at the hands of the Israeli army, and approximately 70 Israelis, all of them soldiers except for three children, lost their lives. The continuing expansion of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, despite repeated calls for restraint by the international community, is unacceptable, as it undermines any prospects for a two-State solution. The United States Government has played a very strategic and useful mediating role in the past, but the United Nations must now take up its commanding role in seeking a peaceful settlement that is just, durable and acceptable to all the Members of the United Nations.
Address by Mr. Andris Berzing, President of the Republic of Latvia
In addition, the security situation in the wider Middle East is very fragile. A solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is paramount in order to establish lasting stability in the region. Following the escalation of violence in recent months, the international community, including Latvia, has helped to address the emergency humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza. We hope that the current ceasefire will be fully respected by both sides. However, only an agreement on a two-State solution, achieved through direct negotiations, will accomplish those goals.
Address by Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic
Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I welcome the signing, under Egyptian mediation, of a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas. My hope is that that truce lasts and promotes the resumption of direct negotiations to achieve the widely shared vision of creating a viable Palestinian State existing in harmony alongside Israel in peace and security, within secure and internationally recognized borders.
Address by Mr. Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria
We stand for a just and lasting settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the two-State solution formula. That is possible only through direct negotiations with no preconditions and in conformity with the relevant international obligations. Any durable ceasefire should address both Israeli security concerns and Palestinian demands to abolish the Gaza closure regime.