On 29 November, the Permanent Representative of Indonesia, on behalf of the Council members, made a statement at the special meeting held at United Nations Headquarters to observe the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. In his statement, he said, among other things, that the Day of International Solidarity with the Palestinian People provided an opportunity for the international community to reflect upon its role and contributions in advancing the objective of the two States vision. It was the day when the international community reaffirmed its commitment to the Palestinian people and the establishment of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine.
In addition, he said, the Council recognized the crucial need to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which would contribute to the security and stability of the Middle East, and to put in place a process with the goal of creating an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian State as envisioned in the road map and the Arab Peace Initiative, and the joint understanding announced at Annapolis.
In that regard, he added, the Council underlined the importance of the donor conference to be held in Paris on 17th December to mobilize the donors, following on from the Annapolis conference, and to provide financial and political support for the Palestinian Authority to enable it to build a viable and prosperous Palestinian State.
He concluded that, as mandated by the Charter, it is the responsibility of the Council to assist Palestine to achieve sustainable peace and to maintain peace and security in the region. The Council will, therefore, continue to be actively seized of the matter.