December 6, 2017 – Following the announcement of the President of the United States recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, stressed on Wednesday that there is no alternative to the solution of two States and that Jerusalem is a problem that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties.
"In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: there is no alternative to the two-state solution, there is no Plan B," said Mr. Guterres, speaking to the press at UN headquarters. In New York.
In his comments, the UN chief pointed out that it is only by realizing the vision of two states "living side by side in peace, security and mutual recognition, with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine, and all the final state problems resolved permanently through negotiations, "that the legitimate aspirations of both peoples will be achieved.
"I understand the deep attachment that Jerusalem has in the hearts of so many people, it has been that way for centuries and always will be," he added.
I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations and realize this vision of a lasting peace for both people.
He also noted that since taking office as the UN Secretary General, he has consistently ruled against any unilateral measure that jeopardizes the prospects for peace for Israelis and Palestinians.
"For my part as Secretary General of the UN, I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations and realize this vision of lasting peace for both people," he said. .