UN Secretary-General António Guterres spoke at the opening session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and made a number of statements.
Guterres noted that he was encouraged by recent meetings between Palestinian and Israeli officials, and called for “expanding these contacts.”
“Unilateral steps and illegal actions that foment conflict must stop. be rejected by all,” the head of the UN said.
Guterres stressed that the political, economic and security conditions in the Palestinian territories are deteriorating. He called on the international community to “urgently step up” efforts to resolve the conflict and “end the occupation” in accordance with UN resolutions.
The head of the UN reaffirmed his commitment to the two-state solution “living side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders.”
“The Plan “B” “No,” he assured.
In addition, António Guterres, referring to the “illegal ongoing settlement activity, demolition of houses and eviction of residents,” said that the situation is fueling hopelessness, hostility and diminishing the prospects for a solution through negotiations.
“All settlement activities are illegal. This must stop,” the UN chief said.