Two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict only option: new UN political chief

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Jeffrey Feltman

Despite stagnation in negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, a two-state solution remains the most realistic option, the new head of UN Political Affairs told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Jeffrey Feltman said the United Nations believes the two parties and all UN member countries should consider their actions in light of this goal.

He reminded the Security Council that the UN Secretary-General also asked for regional leaders to use their influence to reduce, rather than escalate, tensions.

"All Member States can ask themselves a simple question, as to whether a certain course of action brings the Israelis and Palestinians closer to a two-state solution or makes that goal even harder to achieve in practice. Language that calls for the destruction of one of the parties is unacceptable and undermines the ability of the Palestinians to achieve their stated goal of an independent state living side-by side in peace and security with Israel."

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