Morsi demands Palestinian rights

AP News
Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:43 PM
Morsi demands Palestinian rights

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt's new President Mohammed Morsi is making his debut on the global stage at the United Nations, celebrating himself as the nation's first democratically elected leader who was swept into office after what he called a "great, peaceful revolution."

Morsi, an Islamist and key figure in the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood, said in the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday that the first issue for the world body should be certifying the rights of the Palestinian people.

"The fruits of dignity and freedom must not remain far from the Palestinian people," he said, adding that it was "shameful" that U.N. resolutions are not enforced.

He decried Israel's continued building of settlements on territory that the Palestinians claim for a future state in the West Bank.