IDN-INPS DG and Editor-in-Chief Ramesh Jaura met Ambassador Salah Abdel Shafi from the Mission of the State of Palestine to Austria & Slovenia and the Permanent Observer Mission to UN and International Organisations in Vienna met during the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference from May 2-12 in Vienna.
Discussions centred around:
The background to the State of Palestine becoming the 191st member-state of the NPT in the 2015 NPT Review Conference in New York,
50 years since Israel occupied the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights;
100 years since the Balfour Declaration, issued by the British Empire in support of a Jewish state in historic Palestine; and
70 years since the UN Partition Plan allotting 56% of historic Palestine for a Jewish state, which triggered the Nakba (mass displacement of Palestinians from their lands).