Ending occupation paves way to Israeli-Palestine peace: UN chief

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Ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory is the only way to lay the foundation for peace between the two sides, the UN Secretary-General has said.

His remarks came in a message delivered on Thursday to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People which is meeting in New York.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Committee is holding a two-day forum to mark 50 years of occupation, a situation which the Secretary-General said has imposed "a heavy humanitarian and development burden" on the Palestinian people. 

It has also fueled what he described as "recurring cycles of violence and retribution." 

His message was read by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed: 

"Ending the occupation is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace that meets Israeli security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty. It is the only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people." 

The UN chief added that "It is time to end the conflict by establishing an independent Palestinian state, side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel." 

In her remarks to participants, Ms Mohammed observed that some think the situation can be managed, but they are wrong. 

She said real peace cannot be achieved without a just and lasting resolution. 

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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