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Updated On: Tuesday, December 12 2017

Secretary General response to US embassy move

Content by: South-South News

6 December 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — UN Secretary-General António Guterres said Jerusalem “is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties” adding that the city must be the “capital of Israel and Palestine”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (06 Dec), Guterres stressed that “in this moment of great anxiety” there is no alternative to the two-state solution, “there is no Plan B.” He said the legitimate aspirations of both Palestinians and Israelis can only be achieved by realizing the vision of two states living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition, “with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine, and all final status issues resolved permanently through negotiations.”

The UN chief said he has “consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians.” He noted that he will do everything in his power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders “to return to meaningful negotiations and to realize this vision of a lasting peace for both people.”

Guterres spoke moments after United States President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the moving of the US embassy in the country from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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