Monday, 22 October 2012

How to resolve Arab-Israeli conflict, by Palestinian envoy

ABUJA — Only a faithful implementation of all the United Nations resolutions on the Middle East can bring about an end to the Israeli-Arab conflict, Palestinian Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Montaser Abuzaid, has said.
Montaser, who spoke in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Abuja, yesterday, said the Palestinians were ready and committed to the peaceful resolution of the conflict in the region but pleaded with Israel to abide by the UN decisions.

Montaser said Israel must reconsider its policies towards the Palestinians and take steps to make genuine peace with them as a way of moving forward.

The envoy declared that Arab nations were keen on seeing an end to the conflict with Israel with a view to entering into a peace agreement with Israel and providing security for all the states in the region.

The envoy said: “The Arab countries call upon the Government of Israel and all Israelis to accept this initiative to safeguard the prospects of peace and stop further shedding of blood.

“If this is done, it will enable Arab countries and Israel to live in peace and good neighbourliness and provide future generations with security, stability and prosperity.”

Montaser, who was posted to Nigeria in February this year, said he would do his best to enhance the strong ties existing between Nigeria and his country.

He was particularly pleased with the supportive role Nigeria has been playing in the quest for peace in the Middle East by supporting all UN resolutions aimed at ending the Israeli-Arab conflict.

He said, “The Palestinian leadership highly appreciates the principal position of Nigerian concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict, especially its support for the for all UN resolutions relating to the Palestinian question and for two states solution.

“I will therefore do my best to develop an excellent relationship between Nigeria and Palestine particularly in the areas of political, economic and cultural advancement,” Montaser stated.

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