The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has once again reiterated his call for a Two-State solution to the Palestine-Israeli crisis.
The call comes as the sufferings caused by the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and illegal settlement activities in the West Bank, coupled with incessant but needless killings of innocent children continue unabated.
President Buhari made this call during his powerful speech at a high level plenary meeting of the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York on September 16, 2016.
He said, at the same time, the Palestinian issue, despite years and years of international efforts is no nearer to being resolved, saying, “Nigeria in company with member States of the African Union, firmly support the Two-State solution with Palestinian rights to statehood in conformity, with numerous Security Council Resolutions beginning with Resolution 242 of 1967.”
UN Security Council Resolution 242 has been the pivotal point of reference in all Arab-Israeli diplomacy since 1967. Every major Arab-Israeli agreement – from the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace through the 1993 Oslo Agreements – refers to Resolution 242.
Significantly, Resolution 242 defined, for the first time, international expectations about the extent of “any future Israeli withdrawal from the territories the Israel Defense Forces captured in the 1967 Six-Day War. It linked that withdrawal to the achievement of peace between the parties.”
But, with the Israeli illegal settlements on Palestinian lands which are in direct violation to the Resolution, the Two State solution has been grossly jeopardized and deliberately made unattainable with Western support.
President Barrack Obama said on Tuesday that the Israeli settlement is undermining effort to peace.
This is not the first time President Buhari would be declaring a total support for Palestinian State. Early this year, Mr Buhari suggested a Two State solution during his visit to the Emir of Qatar, Tamim Bin Hammad Al-Thani.
He said; “I want to assure you that we will stand side by side with you, until our brothers and sisters in Palestine achieve their desired objectives. Our support for various Security Council resolutions restoring and respecting 1967 boundaries with Jerusalem as capital of Palestine is firm and unshaken.”
It would be recalled that a last-minute decision by Nigeria under former President Goodluck Jonathan to wilfully abstain from voting for the recognition of the State of Palestine at the United Nations (UN) Security Council session last year defeated the resolution, which would have ended Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory by 2017.
A “yes” vote would have paved the way to compel Israel to end its occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip which dated back to 1967.
– Rasheed Abubakar, with Agency report