Other issues at the UN surface after days of Ukraine emphasis

The annual gathering of leaders at the UN General Assembly is an opportunity for each country to voice its concerns and hopes . The annual meeting has so far centered on the Ukraine war .

NATIONS UNITES: Following the brutality of Ukraine at the United Nations for three days, other conflicts and concerns are emerging.Some of them are long-simmering ones with global reach that have recently disappeared from public view.In a speech on Thursday that focused on the war, Israel's prime minister called for the establishment of a Palestinian state.The Palestinian president addresses the nation on Friday.

After the worst outbreak of hostilities between the two nations in nearly two years, Armenia's prime minister warned that the threat of new aggression by Azerbaijan remains high.The former Soviet countries are embroiled in a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, which is part of Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a 1994 separatist conflict there ended.Meanwhile, Iraqi and Pakistani leaders take the spotlight on Friday.Both countries are vital to the geopolitical world order, but they have hardly received much attention in recent years.

This year's meeting has so far centered on Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent war, as countries have slammed how the conflict has shattered the geopolitical order, heightened the possibility of nuclear catastrophe, and ignited food and energy crises.At a Security Council meeting on Thursday, Russia and Ukraine squared off, an extraordinary if brief meeting in which top war officials from different countries clashed, addressing barbs and accusations, but not directly to each other.At the conference, the US asked other nations to remind Russia to avoid making nuclear threats and ending its war.Moscow has repeatedly denied claims that Kyiv has long oppressed Russian speakers in Ukraine's east, which is one of the reasons why Vladimir Putin's government has proposed the assault.

Zelenskyy was given a pass by the General Assembly to leave his wartime country so he could appear remote, a move Russia opposed.In the meantime, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid spoke about the Palestinians in the assembly hall.Lapid's address, which took place ahead of the November 1 elections, seemed to be part of a strategy to portray himself as a statesman and moderate alternative to his main rival, hardline former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.According to Lapid, an agreement with the Palestinians, which is based on two states for two peoples, is the correct thing for Israels stability, for Israels economy, and for the future of our children.

Israel's parliament is dominated by political parties opposed to Palestinian independence, and opinion polls predict a similar result after the forthcoming elections.Palestinians are searching for an independent state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, territories that Israel took in 1967, which enjoys widespread international support.