Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ruled out the US as a sole mediator of Israel-Palestine peace negotiations, during his address at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City on Thursday. Abbas noted that "we reject any negotiations shepherded by one country. You all know this one country, whether the United States or any other country - we reject that. The United Nations should sponsor and accompany such negotiations. However, the US or any other one country, we will consider them as biased." He once again warned that Palestine would terminate "all signed agreements" with Israel "if any Israeli government" proceeds with its plan to extends Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and Northern Dead Sea. Abbas stressed that Palestine rejects "entirely and completely" Israel's plan to extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and Northern Dead Sea. He said, "Our response, if any Israeli government is to proceed with this plan, all signed agreements with the government of the occupation and any obligations they are in will be terminated." The Palestinian president also vowed to call for "regular local elections in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem" upon his return to Palestine. The 74th session of the UN General Assembly opened in New York on September 17, with the global climate emergency as one of the key topics. High-level General Debate started on Tuesday, September 24, with 91 heads of state and even more top diplomats from 193 nations coming together. The theme of the General Debate is 'Galvanising multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion'.

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