United Nations, February 4 On the 4th, UN Secretary-General Guterres called on Israel to stop settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, urged Palestine-Israel to restart the peace process, and hoped that the Palestinian elections could be held smoothly.
Guterres made the above appeal during a speech at the opening meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People this year.
He said that the United Nations remains committed to supporting Palestine and Israel in resolving the conflict and ending the pain caused by the conflict.
Guterres stated that the establishment of settlements by the Israeli government in the occupied Palestinian territory is a major obstacle to the realization of the “two-state solution” and permanent peace, and all settlement activities should be stopped.
He said that Palestinian President Abbas’s call for an international peace conference on the Middle East under the auspices of the United Nations provides an opportunity for regional peace.
The parties concerned should avoid unilateral actions that may endanger the restart of the peace process.
Guterres welcomes Abbas’s presidential decree on a general election.
He said that holding elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will be a crucial step towards Palestinian unity.
The assistance provided by the Palestinian People’s Committee on the Exercise of Inalienable Rights in the elections is crucial.
He also expressed his appreciation to the committee for seeking assistance for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.