Mladenov demands that Israel withdraw its threat to annex "parts of the West Bank."

(AFP) - The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolai Mladenov, Wednesday / Israel, urged "to back down from its threats to annex" parts of the West Bank, and called on Palestinian leaders to "Return to talks with all the members of the Quartet on the Middle East."

This committee includes the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations.

"I call on my colleagues in the Quartet to work with the United Nations, and quickly come up with a proposal that will allow the committee to play its role as mediator and work jointly with countries in the region to advance in achieving peace," Mladenov said during a meeting of the UN Security Council.

His statement, which carried a direct and rare nature, comes the day after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced an end to security coordination between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, which seeks to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

Mladenov said that he would discuss with Palestinian leaders Thursday the practical results of this announcement, which Abbas did not specify.

Mladenov warned that "annexing parts of the West Bank ... represents a grave breach of international law, and will deal a fatal blow to the two-state solution," adding that "it closes the door to the resumption of negotiations, and undermines efforts to achieve regional peace and our broader efforts to maintain international peace and security ".

For its part, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Kraft, indicated that any solution can only pass through the presence of the two parties at the same negotiating table.

"What we need now, if we hope to make a step in the right direction, is for the two parties to sit at one table. This council cannot dictate (how) to end the conflict. We can only encourage the two parties to sit together if they want to," Kraft said. Make progress. "

Kraft again urged the Palestinians to take advantage of the opportunity of the US-proposed peace plan, which the Palestinians rejected.

During other interventions at the Security Council session, council members such as Indonesia and European countries warned Israel of its projects.

In a joint declaration, France, Belgium, Germany and Estonia reaffirmed that they "do not recognize any change in the 1967 borders, unless it is something the Israelis and the Palestinians decide."

These countries added, "We strongly urge Israel to refrain from taking any unilateral decision leading to the annexation of occupied Palestinian territories and thus contrary to international law," affirming its support for the two-state solution.

 

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