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Source: China State Council Information Office

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov on Thursday voiced concern about the weakening of international consensus on the Middle East peace process.
“I remain deeply concerned by the state of our collective efforts and the weakening of the international consensus to achieve an end to the occupation and the realization of a negotiated two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the 1967 lines, international law, relevant UN resolutions and previous agreements,” he told the Security Council.
On its own, no amount of humanitarian or economic support will resolve the conflict. It requires political solutions, he said.
The situation in Gaza continues to be perilous, with the persistent threat of another major escalation and the continued suffering of the population, said Mladenov.
It is tragic and unacceptable that people continue to be killed and injured unnecessarily during demonstrations, by indiscriminate rocket attacks or by other hostile acts, he said.
Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad must stop launching rockets and mortars toward Israeli civilian populations. Israeli security forces have the responsibility to exercise restraint and should only use lethal force against demonstrators when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life, he said.
The expansion of Israeli settlements has no legal effect and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law. It must cease immediately and completely, said Mladenov.

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