The UN Secretary-General António Guterres stressed that only a (Palestinians and Israel) two-State solution can ensure a just and lasting peace and stability in the Middle East region.
He stressed the need for tangible progress towards a two-State solution based on 1967 lines, with Jerusalem as the capital of both States, in line with UN resolutions and international law.
“Let us work together to advance a meaningful peace process that will put an end to the tragic cycles of fear, hatred and violence and build a more peaceful and hopeful future for Palestinians and Israelis,” said the UN chief addressing the annual session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
“The death, destruction, displacement, hunger, loss, and grief in Gaza over the past 120 days are a scar on our shared humanity and conscience,” he said.
Since the Palestinian Sunni Islamist group Hamas led surprise attacks against Israel from the Gaza Strip by land, sea, and air on October 7, 2023 an armed conflict has been taking place in and around the Gaza Strip.
Hamas has been designated a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) by the United States and has killed more than 26,750 Palestinians, mostly women and children and destroyed over 70 per cent of civilian infrastructures, the report added.
Thus, UN underscored that UNRWA is the backbone of all humanitarian responses in Gaza working to meet the dire needs of civilians in Gaza
Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General said Africa has become the “global epi-centre of terrorism.”
Speaking at a meeting in New York, UN Chief Guterres said the crisis must be tackled head on before it spins out of control.