On this note, we are particularly concerned with the unresolved question of Palestine. For more than half a century, Palestinians are denied peace, justice and freedom. In solidarity with the Palestinian people, we strongly condemn actions and measures that blatantly violate their rights and dignity. These violations are against international law, including the UN Charter. Like many countries, we have been alarmed by the developments in Jerusalem, and the continued violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. We remain firm in supporting the call to protect the Palestinian population, as well as the creation of a fully independent Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital. […] We are also encouraged by the State of Palestine’s assumption of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 next year, which is a significant milestone not only for its own history but for the Group as a whole.