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António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question - Security Council Open VTC
24 Jun 2020 -  Remarks by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question during the Security Council Open VTC.
" I address you today with a deep sense of concern over the evolving situation in Israel and Palestine.
We are at a watershed moment.
Israel’s threat to annex parts of the occupied West Bank has alarmed Palestinians, many Israelis and the broader international community.
If implemented, annexation would constitute a most serious violation of international law, grievously harm the prospect of a two-State solution and undercut the possibilities of a renewal of negotiations.
I call on the Israeli Government to abandon its annexation plans.
The Palestinian leadership has reacted by considering itself absolved of all bilateral agreements with Israel and the United States.
Increased economic fragility as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, reduced donor support, and the recent Palestinian decision to stop accepting clearance revenues that Israel collects on behalf of Palestinian Authority risk increasing the hardship of the Palestinian people (...)" - António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations [Excerpt].
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