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EU General Statement – United Nations General Assembly: after adoption of Item 39 – Question of Palestine and Item 38 – The situation in the Middle East

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1 December 2021, New York – General Statement on behalf of the EU and its Member States delivered by H.E. Mr. Silvio Gonzato, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 41st Plenary Meeting after adoption of Item 39 – Question of Palestine & Item 38 – The situation in the Middle East

Mr. President,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The EU wishes to thank the Palestinian delegation for the successful outcome of our negotiations on a number of resolutions on which action is taken by the General Assembly.

The EU welcomes the Palestinian Mission's decision to bi-annualise a number of resolutions under the agenda item "Question of Palestine”.

The EU strongly encourages the Palestinian Mission to further streamline the resolutions, including by reducing the amount of these resolutions and the use of balanced language.

At this point in time, we would like to put on record that with regard to all resolutions that are adopted during the 76th session of the General Assembly, the EU and its Member States consider that whenever “Palestinian government” is mentioned this refers to the Palestinian Authority.

Furthermore, the use of the term “Palestine” in any of these resolutions cannot be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue and hence on the question of the validity of an accession to the conventions and treaties mentioned therein.

Furthermore, in relation to the resolution “Jerusalem”, we would like to express the following.

The resolution adopted today also refers to the holy sites in Jerusalem.

The EU is concerned at repeated and severe violent incidents at and around the Temple Mount/al-Haram al\-Sharif. The EU recalls the special significance of the holy sites and calls for upholding the status quo put in place in 1967 for Temple Mount / al-Haram al-Sharif in line with previous understandings and with respect to Jordan's special role.

The EU welcomes that the language on the holy sites of Jerusalem now reaffirms the importance and holiness of the City of Jerusalem for the three monotheistic religions. 

At the same time, the EU reiterates that, whenever referring to the Temple Mount/al Haram al Sharif in the "Jerusalem" resolution, both terms, i.e. Temple Mount and Haram al Sharif, should be used.

Therefore, we reiterate our call NOT to use exclusively the term Haram al Sharif when referring to the Temple Mount/al Haram al Sharif in the “Jerusalem” resolution and in other texts.

In this context, the EU calls on all sides not to deny the historical ties of other religions to the city of Jerusalem and its holy places, thus trying to delegitimize their history. Any such steps would undermine the achievement of peaceful settlement of the conflict.

I thank you Mr. President.

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