UN boss calls for Pales­tinian state

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MARK­ING 50 years since the start of the 1967 Arab-Is­raeli war, which re­sulted in Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion of the Pales­tinian Ter­ri­tory, UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­tónio Guter­res has re­it­er­ated a call for the es­tab­lish­ment of an in­de­pen­dent Pales­tinian state.

“Now is the time to end the con­flict by es­tab­lish­ing an in­de­pen­dent Pales­tinian state, liv­ing side by side in peace and se­cu­rity with the state of Is­rael,” Guter­res said in his state­ment on the five-decade oc­cu­pa­tion.

The oc­cu­pa­tion of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syr­ian Golan, which dis­placed hun­dreds of thou­sands of Pales­tini­ans and Syr­i­ans over the years, has im­posed a heavy hu­man­i­tar­ian and de­vel­op­ment bur­den on the Pales­tinian peo­ple, he said. – ANA

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