Two-state so­lu­tion re­mains way for­ward UN

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - MEL FRYKBERG

ACHIEV­ING a ne­go­ti­ated two-state out­come is the only way to lay the foun­da­tions for en­dur­ing peace that is based on Is­raeli se­cu­rity needs and the Pales­tinian right to sovereignty and state­hood, the UN en­voy on Mid­dle East peace has told the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

“Now is not the time to give up on this goal,” Nick­o­lay Mlade­nov, Spe­cial Co-or­di­na­tor for the Mid­dle East Peace Process told the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

Not­ing the 50-year an­niver­sary of the Arab-Is­raeli war, which re­sulted in Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syr­ian Golan, Mlade­nov also called on Is­rael to “cease all set­tle­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in the Oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian Ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing East Jerusalem”.

He noted that there had been a “sub­stan­tial” in­crease in such ac­tiv­i­ties, “with Is­raeli plans for nearly 4 000 hous­ing units mov­ing for­ward and 2000 ten­ders is­sued”.

“The large num­ber of set­tle­ment-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties… un­der­mines the chances for the es­tab­lish­ment of a vi­able, con­tigu­ous Pales­tinian state as part of a twostate so­lu­tion,” he said.

On the an­niver­sary of World Refugee Day on Tues­day it is es­ti­mated that 66% of Pales­tini­ans who were living in Bri­tish Man­date Pales­tine in 1948 were ex­pelled from his­toric Pales­tine and dis­placed, ac­cord­ing to the Pales­tinian Cen­tral Bu­reau of Sta­tis­tics.

The UN es­ti­mates that the num­ber of reg­is­tered Pales­tinian refugees in 2016 num­bered about 5.9 mil­lion, with those in the West Bank ac­count­ing for 17% of the to­tal and those in Gaza ac­count­ing for 24.5%.

In­ter­nally dis­placed refugees from his­toric Pales­tine living in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory and Gaza had an over­all un­em­ploy­ment rate of 33.3% in 2016, com­pared with 22.3% among non-refugees.

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