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The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question

On April 29, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question. The statement was delivered by First Counselor, Msgr. Tomasz Grysa.  

In his statement, Archbishop Auza said that the disastrous humanitarian situation of the Palestinian population feeds despair that can be manipulated by extremist groups and leading to violence and reprisals. The formation of a new Palestinian government offers a glimmer of hope, he added, and he praised the efforts of neighboring countries facilitating dialogue among Palestinian factions. He said the Palestinian land fragmented increasingly by settlements makes the two-State solution more difficult to realize. He also praised the work of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and commends the countries who support it. He cited the statement of Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI of Morocco on the importance of preserving Jerusalem as a common patrimony of humanity, ensuring full access to the followers of the three monotheistic religions.

The statement can be found here.