UN: Israel should "immediately halt all settlement activity" in Palestine – Sec-Gen Guterres

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Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres called on Israeli authorities to ‘immediately halt all settlement activity’ in the Palestinian territories saying it is a ‘major obstacle’ for implementation of the UN-promoted two-State solution, as he spoke in New York City on Thursday.

Addressing the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Guterres stated ‘persistent acts of violence’ and ‘violations of international humanitarian and human rights law’ in the occupied territories.

Guterres praised the efforts of Palestinian authorities to hold parliamentary elections, which, “will be a crucial step towards Palestinian unity,” giving a “renewed legitimacy to national institutions, including a democratically elected Parliament and Government in Palestine,” he stressed.

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