UN voices concern over Israel's annexation plan
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed grave concern over situation between Palestinians and Israelis, saying Israel's threat to annex parts of occupied West Bank was a "turning point." Guterres, in a report to UN Security Council over the situation in the Middle East including Palestine Wednesday, said if Israel's annexation of territories would be "a dangerous violation of the international law" and undermined the two-state solution.
Guterres urged the Israeli government to relinquish its annexation plan, which would also abort any attempt to resume negotiations.
Palestine said it was no longer committed to bilateral agreements with Israel and the US.
Guterres said the fragile Palestinian economy, drop in support of donors and the Palestinian decision to stop accepting proceeds from Israel would further suffering of the Palestinian people.
He reiterated support for the Israelis and Palestinians to solve the conflict and end the occupation in line with the international law, relevant UN resolutions and bilateral agreements.
The aim, he added, was to have two states: Israel and an independent, democratic, sovereignty and viable Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security on the 1967 borders, and Jerusalem a joint capital.
Guterres called for refraining from unilateral measures that would torpedo peace, and urged the Palestinian and Israeli leaders to negotiate to solve their differences.
Pompeo says it is up to Israel to decide on West Bank annex
24 Jun 2020
Pompeo says it is up to Israel to decide on West Bank annexation WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that it is up to Israel to make its own decisions on whether to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to do.
Speaking to reporters, Pompeo said extending Israeli sovereignty was a decision "for Israelis to make." With Netanyahu's July 1 deadline approaching, aides to U.S. President Donald Trump began discussions on Tuesday on whether to give Netanyahu the green light for annexation, which has drawn condemnation from the Palestinians and U.S. Arab allies. ----Reuters