Egypt's permanent delegate to the United Nations Ambassador Moataz Ahmadein Khalil, who delivered Egypt's speech before the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East on Thursday 24/01/2013, called on the international community to take concrete action in the next three months to exert concrete and effective efforts in order to push forward efforts to achieve peace, work to stop the settlement activities, support efforts of reconciliation and stability in Gaza and the West Bank and the lifting of Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Khalil called for the lifting of Israeli restrictions on the Palestinian economy, so as to improve the conditions of Palestinians in the occupied territories.
Ambassador Khalil reviewed Egypt's efforts during the past period to support the truce Egypt has succeeded to achieve during November following the Israeli aggression on Gaza. He urged the international community to support this truce through exerting efforts to reach a fair settlement for the Palestinian issue.
He stressed that the international community and UN Security Council should take necessary steps to deter Israel and force it to stop its continued violations in the occupied territories through stopping illegal settlement policy by virtue of a binding resolution from the Security Council to stop such practices.
The statement also expressed deep regret over the deterioration of the situation in Syria, calling for an end to the bloodshed there immediately.