Statement by H.E. Y. Halit Çevik, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN

Halit Çevik 20.05.2013
Thank you Mr. Chair for organizing this very timely meeting with the participation of H.E. Saeb Erakat, Chief Palestinian Negotiator and Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Such briefings of the high level officials of the State of Palestine are always important to keep the focus of the international community on the Palestinian issue. Certainly this meeting has helped all of us to hear the very recent developments in the peace process which has stagnated for sometime.

Recent visit of President Obama and the contacts of State Secretary Kerry has given some momentum to the prospects of peace and a two state solution. We welcome any initiative to bring peace and stability to the Middle East. Certainly the Palestinian reconciliation continues to be one of the pillars of this process. As such we welcome the efforts, under the leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas and wholeheartedly support the progress.

Thank you Mr. Chair.