New York United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday emphasized UN's long-held support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stressing: There is no Plan B.
This came during a meeting of the UN Security Council on the issue of Palestine, held in New York, with the participation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and representatives of member states.
At the opening of Tuesday's meeting, Guterres underscored his commitment, and that of the global organization, to achieve the solution of two democratic states � Israel and Palestine � living side-by-side in peace.
Negotiations between the two sides have been stalled since April 2014, due to Israel's refusal to halt settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories and accept pre-June 1967 borders as the basis for a two-state solution.
The secretary general emphasized the Organization's long-held support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stressing: There is no Plan B.
This is a time for dialogue, for reconciliation, for reason, he said, expressing concern that global consensus on the issue may be eroding.
Warning that obstacles on the ground have the potential to create an irreversible one-state reality, Guterres underscored, however, that: It is simply impossible to square the circle of a one-state reality with the legitimate national, historic and democratic aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians.
The UN chief stressed that the funding shortfall for the Palestine Refugee agency (UNRWA) is an international concern, as the human rights and dignity of 5 million Palestinian refugees are in danger. He appealed to the international community to increase its generous support for UNRWA.
Source: International Islamic News Agency