Emissary of the United Nations: the Palestinian-Israeli conflict should not slide into “the abyss of extremism,”
UN 16 Feb. /Offset. TASS Oleg Zelenin/. The international community should not allow slipping of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in “the abyss of extremism,” and radicalism that has engulfed the region. With such a warning was made by the special coordinator middle East peace process Nikolay Mladenov at a meeting of the UN Security Council.
“It is critical that we all understand that in any case should not allow slipping of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict into the abyss of extremism and radicalism that has engulfed the region. Palestinians, Israelis and the international community must act responsibly to avoid escalation of tensions and to refrain from unilateral action and to work together towards peace. Unfortunately, today, the unilateral actions of the return side on the path of confrontation, which will cost them dearly,” said Mladenov.
He was critical of the Israeli Parliament adopted the law on the legalization of Jewish settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan river . According to him, this decision undermines the prospect of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the creation of two independent States, and will have “far-reaching legal implications” for the Jewish state. In addition, Mladenov expressed concern about the “everyday violence”, including attacks against Israelis, and the continuing split among the main Palestinian factions.
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As stated by the facilitator of the middle East peace process, the developments in the region “should worry everyone.” “Some illusions, believing that conflict can be endlessly “control” that the lack of a strategy for peace is in itself a strategy,” he said.
A meeting of the UN security Council on the Middle East takes place against the background of statements of representatives of the US administration about the refusal of the inevitability of the principle of “two States for two peoples” solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Speaking at the meeting, Mladenov expressed the belief that the so-called two-state solution remains the only path to achieve a just and lasting peace.
He urged to create the conditions for bilateral negotiations with the support of the international community that would resolve all differences between the parties. According to the facilitator, for this Israel must stop settlement activity and the Palestinian leadership to combat terrorism and inciting violence.