Ever since the Palestinian authority expressed its intention to seek full U.N. membership after years of negotiations with Israel failed to deliver an independent state of their own, the Eritrean government maintained its long held stance on the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to self-determination as something that does not waver with time and circumstances.
In its 08 August 2011 Press Statement, the government made it clear that Eritrea does not support the so-called “two-state solution” for the Palestinian question for the fact that it believes the purported ‘solution’ lacks the ability to be translated in to action, the same way of inability to respect let alone to apply the over 690 resolutions of the U.N. General Assembly in the last half a century.
The statement further asserted that Eritrean people and their leadership advocate for long that the people of Palestine are entitled to have a sovereign and independent nation in view of the fact that, this goal can only be ensured through an independent Palestinian State.
Years of negotiations, peace talks, flexibility and so forth have failed to resolve the basic problem but only prolonged it. As there exist no peace process that would lead to the realization of achieving common interests between Palestinians and Israelis, all past talks and negotiations eventually ended up in a zero sum situation.
With or without Eritrea’s support, however, their bid to seek full UN membership has become dead before arrival as the U.S., one of five veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council, says it will cast a veto if it comes to a vote.
President Obama today at the 66th United Nations General Assembly reiterated that peace will never come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations but by direct negotiations between Israel and Palestinian authority.
“If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now”, said President Obama.
Nonetheless, Palestinian officials insist to go ahead with the plan to apply for full statehood in the U.N. Security Council on Friday (the same way Israelis did in 1947 to gain their statehood) in the belief that full U.N. member status would strengthen their hand in eventual negotiations with Israel, as an equal partner than a state vs an organization, to end 40 years of occupation.
Eritrea, however, stressed that it doesn’t intend to get involved in any public relations gimmick during Friday’s scheduled meeting regarding Palestinian issue nor does it attach any significance to the issue of according recognition or not.
During the speech he delivered at 66th session of the UN General Assembly, President of Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki has laid down his country’s stand without any ambiguity as:
Eritrea reaffirms its long-standing support to the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and an independent, sovereign state. It also upholds the right of Israel to live in peace and security within internationally recognized boundaries.