FM addresses UN as Palestine representative for first time
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority's foreign minister on Wednesday addressed the UN Security Council as a representative of a world-recognized state for the first time.
"A new era has begun," Riyad al-Malki said, adding that the General Assembly's acceptance of Palestine as a non-member state marked "the turning point for making peace and security a reality between the Palestinian and Israeli peoples."
The foreign minister said he hoped the Security Council would also pass a September 2011 request to accept Palestine as a full member of the UN.
Al-Malki said the window for the two-state solution was rapidly closing. "There can be no one in this chamber today who can deny this."