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UN experts call for extending recognition to the Palestinian State

United Nations, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) A score of independent United Nations experts today urged extending international recognition of the Palestinian State as a precondition for lasting peace.

In a statement released by the agency, the signatories called on the international community to ‘use all political and diplomatic resources’ to achieve an immediate cease-fire in Gaza.

Political recognition, they said, is an important step for the rights of the Palestinian people and their struggles and sufferings for freedom and independence.

Palestine must be able to enjoy full self-determination, including the ability to exist, determine its destiny and develop freely as a people in security, they recognized. ‘This is a precondition for lasting peace in Palestine and throughout the Middle East, beginning with the immediate declaration of a cease-fire in Gaza and no more military incursions into Rafah,’ the text added.

The experts welcomed the recent recognition by Norway, Ireland and Spain shortly after the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to extend the rights of that representative to the United Nations.

At the same time they considered the two-state solution as the only internationally agreed path to peace and security for both Palestine and Israel and a way out of generational cycles of violence and resentment.

The text recalled the measures issued by the International Court of Justice in its most recent ruling calling on Israel to halt its military operations in Rafah, reopen the Rafah crossing to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza and ensure unimpeded access.

These provisions along with those suggested by the Criminal Court ‘must work without foreign interference or threats,’ the experts called for, to fulfill the promise of comprehensive justice and individual accountability for all victims of the conflict.