The opportunity for a two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israel is being lost, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned.
UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq said in a statement, “We have issued this warning several times, and we hope that the world leaders act in accordance with this.”
The UN continues to put pressure on “the implementation of the two-state solution,” and that the lack of a solution would create more problems on the ground, Haq reiterated.
After meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, US President Joe Biden said the two-state solution “seems far away.”
Biden stated, “I know the goal of the two states seems so far away while indignities like restrictions on movement and travel or the daily worry of your children’s safety are real and immediate. The Palestinians are hurting now. You can just feel it…There must be a political horizon.”
His administration “will not give up on trying to bring the Palestinians and Israelis and both sides closer together,” Biden indicated.
In 2014, over Israel’s refusal to halt settlement building and release Palestinians imprisoned before 1993, US-sponsored peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis collapsed.