UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — UN Secretary General António Guterres called on Palestine and Israel for dialogue and reconciliation.
“The time has come for dialogue, for reconciliation, for common sense. I urge the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to demonstrate the necessary will necessary to achieve a just and lasting peace, which the international community must support,” Guterres said in his speech within the framework of the UN Security Council.
He assured the Palestinians and Israelis of the full commitment of the United Nations to a just and comprehensive peace between the two peoples “based on the common multilateral framework established by UN resolutions and international law.”
US President Donald Trump on 28 January in Washington, in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, presented a peace plan known as the “deal of the century.”
The White House Plan recognizes Jerusalem as the single and indivisible capital of Israel, opens up the possibility for Israel to annex the Palestinian territories on the West Bank and extend its sovereignty to the Jordan Valley, and also proposes the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state, deprived of control over its borders and airspace. As the future capital of Palestine, the plan proposes the village of Abu Dis in the eastern suburbs of Jerusalem, located behind a security fence.
Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian National Authority, rejected the new plan, saying the Palestinians insisted on recognizing their state within 1967 with its capital in Jerusalem.
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