UN AND ARAB LEAGUE CALL ON ISRAEL TO ABANDON WEST BANK ANNEXATION PLAN


25/06/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- The United Nations and the Arab League are both urging Jerusalem to abandon its plans to Israeli extend sovereignty into territories located in the West Bank, claiming such a move would deliver a fatal blow for hopes of a future two-state solution. "I call on the Israeli Government to abandon its annexation plans and urge Israeli and Palestinian leaders to commit to meaningful dialogue, with the support of the international community," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in a Twitter post. Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit also said annexation "will destroy any prospect for peace in the future."

Addressing a virtual meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, Guterres repeated a call for Israel to drop its United States-backed plans, which could be put in motion as soon as next week. "If implemented, annexation would constitute a most serious violation of international law, grievously harm the prospect of a two-State solution and undercut the possibilities of a renewal of negotiations," Guterres said. Guterres's call was echoed by other leaders and foreign ministers addressing the virtual meeting, warnings that Israel's unilateral action could trigger a major escalation in the region.

Ahmed Aboul Gheit said “the possible move by the Israeli government to annex parts of the occupied Palestinian territory would constitute, if implemented, a serious threat to regional stability”. "For three decades, real peace and the creation of an independent Palestinian state, remain elusive ... Despair is dominating the Palestinian mood and scene,” he added.


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