Item 2 - Interactive Dialogue with COI on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and in Israel. JST Norway and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (19.06.2024)

Human Rights Council 56th Session.

Item 2 - Joint statement during Interactive Dialogue with COI on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and Israel.

Joint statement delivered by Mr Tormod C. Endresen, Ambassador - Permanent Representative to the UN and other International Organizations Norway. 

19 June 2024


I have the honor to deliver this statement, derived from the statements of the recent co-chairs of the Arab/OIC-European Contact Group meetings on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Norway, and a cross-regional group of states.

We stress the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire including an end to attacks on Rafah, the release of hostages, and ending the war in Gaza. We emphasize respect and compliance with international law and express our utmost concern for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. We welcome the UN Security Council Resolution 2735 and stress the urgency of ending the Gaza crisis and all unlawful actions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.


We underline the significance of transitioning the conflict to a political track to reach a final and speedy resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and strongly support taking irreversible steps to implement the two-state solution, in line with international law and agreed upon parameters, including UN Security Council Resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.

We urge taking concrete steps towards the realization of a Palestinian State in the context of the two-state solution, with particular attention to empowering and enabling the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian reforms, and we underline that mutual recognition will promote moderation and peace in the region.

We stress the urgent need for political and financial support to the Palestinian Government and we highlight the significance of having a unified Palestinian Government for the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza.

In conclusion, we call upon the international community to join us in these efforts to secure peace, security and cooperation in the region and beyond.

Thank you


Main co-sponors: Norway and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


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