Russia warned the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that “an explosion could occur at any moment in the Middle East” due to the lack of a solution to the Palestine-Israel issue.
Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Dmitry Polinsky, who spoke at the UN Headquarters in New York at the UNSC session on the Middle East, said, “We must emphasize once again that the lack of a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has led to regular explosions. Violence in the occupied Palestinian territories, “It undermines the foundations of regional and international security. Calmness, provocative and unilateral steps in the peace process can create a break in the situation in the conflict zone at any moment,” he said.
“LET THE MEETINGS BEGIN AGAIN”
Polinsky has called for the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli talks, which “will lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital”, taking into account Israel’s national security concerns.
“We believe that multilateral efforts should be supported in this regard, including the initiatives of the quartet of Russia, America, the European Union and the UN,” Polinsky said. said.
Palestinian-Israeli peace talks have been suspended since April 2014 for a variety of reasons, including Israel’s refusal to release former detainees and halt settlements.
TWO-STATE ANALYSIS FROM USA
Speaking on behalf of the United States on Palestine-Israel relations at the UNSC, UN Permanent Representative Linda Thomas Greenfield emphasized that “the normalization agreements between Israel and Arab countries cannot replace the two-state solution”.
Referring to the Middle East trip of US President Joe Biden this month, Greenfield said:
“President Biden praised Israel’s peace accords with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco, as well as Israel’s peace accords with Egypt and Jordan, as well as normalization agreements that contribute to security, prosperity and peace in the Middle East.
The virtual hill held by the President demonstrated the possibility of closer cooperation with Israel amid other countries in the region and beyond, and Saudi Arabia’s announcement that it would allow Israeli airlines to use the Saudi airport was another valuable step in building a more integrated region. However, as we have repeatedly said in this Council, normalization agreements cannot replace a negotiated two-state analysis.”
Greenfield urged all parties in the region and around the world to “verbal and de facto support the cause of a peaceful and prosperous region, including taking more valiant steps to create the conditions for a two-state solution.”