Ban calls for settlement on two-state solution for Israel and Palestine

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the UN Secretary-General has called on the international community to support a two-State solution for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, to bring about an end to the conflict.

The annual Solidarity Day observed 29 November, coincides with the adoption of a resolution on the partition of Palestine by the General Assembly in 1947.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon also urged the two parties to refrain from actions that could undermine the prospects for a two-state solution.

In his message for the Day, he expressed "alarm" at the increasingly dangerous situation on the ground, citing an "escalation of violence and incitement".

Although he welcomed Israel's release of prisoners as part of the agreement to renew talks, he noted that "its settlement activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territory continues, and remains a cause for very grave concern."

Meanwhile, he underscored the importance for Palestinians to "overcome their divisions in the interest of unity," noting that Palestinian unity based on the commitments of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the positions of the Arab Peace Initiative is essential for the two-State solution.

Mr. Ban also touched on the situation in Gaza which he said remains an issue of "serious concern". He condemned all rocket fire into Israel, as well as of the construction of tunnels into Israel by militants.

On the halting of humanitarian projects in Gaza by Israel, the UN chief said that while he recognized Israel's legitimate security concerns, Israel also had to ensure that the needs of the civilian population in Gaza were met.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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