Drop West Bank annexation plans
The United Nations and the Arab League yesterday made a joint appeal for Israel to abandon its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
The call was made during a UN Security Council video conference in which several government ministers participated. It was the last international meeting before Israel goes ahead with the plans as early as July 1.
"I call on the Israeli government to abandon its annexation plans," said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. He reiterated the longstanding goal of a two-state solution with an independent, contiguous, sovereign and viable Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as the capital of both states.
Arab League secretary general Ahmed Aboul Gheit said annexation "will destroy any prospect for peace in the future."
Meanwhile, more than 1,000 European lawmakers from 25 countries urged their leaders yesterday to step in and stop Israel's planned annexation of West Bank.
In a letter published in newspapers and sent to European foreign ministers, the 1,080 parliamentarians said they were "deeply worried about the precedent this would set for international relations".
"Such a move will be fatal to the prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace," added the letter.
"Regrettably, President (Donald) Trump's plan departs from internationally agreed parameters and principles."