The two-state solution remains “the only way” to meet the aspirations of the Palestinians and Israelis, the UN envoy for the Middle East peace process has told the Security Council.
The council met on Thursday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a day after President Donald Trump stepped back from the US commitment to a two-state solution as part of a final peace deal.
“The two-state solution remains the only way to achieve the legitimate national aspirations of both peoples,” Nickolay Mladenov told the council.
“Some may hold the illusion that the conflict can be ‘managed’ indefinitely,” Mladenov said. “That the absence of a clear strategy to advance peace is a strategy in itself.”
The envoy urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to “carefully contemplate the future,” which he warned could be one “built on perpetual conflict, rising extremism and occupation.”
Meanwhile, Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit said resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would require a two-state solution.
Abul Gheit affirmed that the conflict “requires a comprehensive and just peace based on a two-state solution with an independent Palestinian state,” a statement said after he met UN chief Antonio Guterres in Cairo.
Guterres had also called for a two-state solution on Wednesday in a speech in Cairo, saying there was “no Plan B”.
The Arab League statement said he and Abul Gheit “agreed that the two-state solution remains the real way to achieving” peace.