UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday voiced deep concern at the halted peace process in the Middle East, saying that the "only way forward for a solution" is the peaceful coexistence of an independent Palestine and stable Israel.|
Zeljko Komsic, chairman of the Bosnian presidency, made the statement while addressing the general debate of the 66th General Assembly session, which opened here on Wednesday.
"We are deeply concerned by standstill in crisis resolution in the Middle East," Komsic said. "Despite optimistic announcements and plans, expected peace process has not yet been revived."
He said that the peaceful coexistence of two sovereign states -- a viable and independent Palestine and a stable and secure Israel - - is the only way forward for a solution.
"Bosnia and Herzegovina believes that conditions for a lasting and just solution can be achieved with additional political will and responsibility of the negotiating parties," Komsic said.
Direct talks between Israel and Palestine stalled in Oct. 2010, when Israel declined to renew a moratorium on its settlement building.
The diplomatic Quartet for Middle East peace, consisting of the UN, the EU, the U.S., and Russia had set the deadline for negotiating a final settlement between Israel and Palestine for Sept. 2011. Thus far, there has been no indication that direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine will resume.
On Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will present an application to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for Palestine to join the United Nations immediately after he addresses the general debate on Friday.
The United States, a close ally of Israel, is strongly opposed to the Palestinian bid and threatens to use its veto power at the UN Security Council to stunt the Palestinian request for statehood at the United Nations.
Last week, Ban told a press conference that he will pass the application to the Security Council if asked to do so by the Palestinians. After that, the global peace and security body would examine it and come up with a resolution to recommend Palestinian statehood to the General Assembly.
If the statehood bid in the Security Council fails, Abbas and the Palestinians could bring their case straight to the General Assembly, where it has widespread support. In this scenario, though, the Palestinians would only be able to gain non-member observer statehood.
This would be a step up from their current status of permanent observer, but would not allow them to cast votes at the UN.
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