Trump and Netanyahu announce the peace plan at the White House Tuesday. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images
In reaction to the American plan for a Middle East settlement announced Tuesday in Washington, the spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General said that its stand regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will only be determined by international law.
“The position of the United Nations on the two-State solution has been defined, throughout the years, by relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions by which the Secretariat is bound”, the spokesman was quoted by WAFA News Agency as stating.
He stressed in a statement that “the United Nations remains committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict on the basis of United Nations resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements”.
The UN official further stressed the UN’s commitment to the vision of two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, on the basis of the pre-1967 lines.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday presented his controversial Middle East peace plan, calling for a two-state solution while recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's "undivided capital."
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the “deal of the century” reinforces Israel’s position and its apartheid policies against the Palestinians.
“The plan is a Trump-drafted version of the Balfour Declaration and an old Israeli plan in a US mask”, the statement read. “This is a new conspiracy aiming to liquidate the Palestinian cause and negate Palestinians’ national and legitimate rights, most notably the right to self-determination, return to the homeland, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian State along the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its eternal capital”.