Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Thursday, November 23, 2017 06:06:25 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

UN warns Trump over two-state reversal

By BBC Online
17th-Feb-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

The UN chief has warned Donald Trump against abandoning the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying there is "no alternative".
It comes after Mr Trump went against decades of US policy, saying he would back whatever formula led to peace. Palestinians reacted with alarm to the possibility that the US could drop support for Palestinian statehood. The last round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks broke down in 2014.
Speaking alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, President Trump promised to deliver a "great" peace deal. But he said both sides must compromise.
"So I'm looking at two states and one state," he said. "And I like the one that both parties like."
Following the news conference, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged the international community to do everything it could to bring about a two-state solution. He said there was no other option for resolving the conflict. A "two-state solution" to the decades-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is the declared goal of their leaders and the international community.
It is the shorthand for a final settlement that would see the creation of an independent state of Palestine within pre-1967 ceasefire lines   in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, living peacefully alongside Israel.
The UN, the Arab League, the European Union, Russia and, until now, the US routinely restate their commitment to the concept.
When he was asked about a two-state solution on Wednesday, Mr Netanyahu said he wanted to focus on "substance" and not "labels". Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, said he remained committed to the goal. He also seized on President Trump's comments urging Mr Netanyahu to "hold back on settlements for a little bit". Since Mr Trump took office last month, Israel has approved thousands of new homes in West Bank and East Jerusalem, land claimed by the Palestinians for a future state.
The settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.
Alternative concepts to a two-state solution: The Israeli government is hoping for better relations with the White House after eight years of friction with the former Obama administration.
At Wednesday's news conference, neither leader committed explicitly to back a future independent Palestine, a longstanding bedrock of US policy.
It was the US and Israeli leaders' first face-to-face meeting since Mr Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election.
But France, which in January organised a multi-national conference which reaffirmed support for a two-state solution alone, seemed unimpressed with the apparent change in direction.
Its ambassador to the UN, Francois Delattre, told reporters "our commitment to the two-state solution is stronger than ever", according to AFP news agency.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump's choice for America's next ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, faces a rocky confirmation hearing before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The right-winger is a strong critic of the two-state solution, supports Jewish settlement building and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. Five former US ambassadors to Israel have written a letter to committee members declaring him unqualified because of his "extreme, radical positions", AP says.
Asked on Wednesday about his campaign promise of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, Mr Trump said: "I'd love to see that happen." "And we're looking at it very, very strongly. We're looking at it with a great care, a great care, believe me. And we'll see what happens." The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their promised future state - but Israel claims the entire city as its undivided capital.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Forces Mugabe relied on threw him out


ZIMBABWE'S President Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday ending his 37-year rule of the African nation as independence leader from British colonial rule in 1980. He started as a hero but ended as a most unpopular despot through his years of misrule, repression of dissent, election rigging and quarrelling with the ...

International »

Lebanon`s Hariri suspends resignation as PM, easing crisis


Reuters, Beirut :Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri on Wednesday suspended his decision to resign as prime minister at the request of President Michel Aoun to allow for dialogue, easing a major political crisis.Hariri made his announcement after returning to Beirut on Tuesday night for the first time since his Nov. 4 shock ...

Sports »

Ranjit Sarkar of Bangladesh in action during the boys' singles match of the Bengal Plastic Asian Under-14 Series Tennis Championship at the National Tennis Complex in the city's Ramna on Wednesday.


City »

Pedestrians walking through the very busy road adjacent to foot-over bridge at Banani's Kakoli area in the city risking the life but traffic police remain indifferent to stop the walking. This photo was taken yesterday.


Entertainment »

Kriti Sanon’s hair game sets major goals


A new hairstyle can instantly turn around your look and even your day and actress Kriti Sanon is surely setting some hair goals.  We are stunned by Kriti Sanon’s look, which combined the fun of braids with the elegance of blow-dried waves and some casuals at its best.  Here’s a ...

Entertainment »

Gulbadan from Firangi brings back the ‘Old School Mujra’ back


Kapil Sharma is gearing up for his next movie Firangi which is all set to release on 1st December 2017. A historical period drama set in 1920. The movie is produced by Kapil Sharma’s production while it is directed by Rajiev Dhingra. As the movie is ready to release in ...

Editorial »

HC verdict is well meaning: Hospitals must appreciate


THE High Court ordered hospitals and clinics not to hold body of a deceased if his or her family fails to immediately pay the medical bill to release the body. It has also asked the Health Secretary and the Director General of the Directorate of Health Services to issue a ...

International »

Putin, Assad for political solution to Syria`s conflict


Reuters, Moscow  :Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to talk about the need to move from military operations to the search for a political solution to Syria's conflict, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.Russia is actively trying to build an international consensus around a peace deal for Syria, ...

Sports »

A scene from the opening ceremony of the Omicon Group 43rd National A Chess Championship held at Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room on Tuesday.


Sports »

Sharapova named in India luxury housing fraud probe


AFP, New Delhi :Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is under investigation in India for cheating and criminal conspiracy after the collapse of a luxury housing project that she endorsed, police and a lawyer said Tuesday.The firm behind the development is alleged to have taken millions of dollars from homebuyers ...

Entertainment »

Janhvi dazzles at IFFI in ethnic wear


Janhvi Kapoor who is all set mark her Bollywood debut with Karan Johar’s Dhadak opposite Ishaan Khatter makes a dazzling entry at 48th IFFI 2017 in Goa. Janhvi was accompanied by her mother Sridevi and father Boney Kapoor. Janhvi looked elegant wearing Anamika Khanna lehenga choli. It is probably Janhvi’s ...

City »

Uphold image of Armed Forces: President


President M Abdul Hamid on Tuesday asked the members of Armed Forces to uphold their image at national and international levels by ensuing utmost professionalism. "Uphold the image of the armed forces . . . Help continue the country's ongoing development trend in the days to come," President's Press Secretary ...

Editorial »

Use of toxic tannery wastes in poultry feed


MEDIA reports said an increasing number of poultry feed mills using dangerously toxic tannery wastes laced with poisonous chemicals as raw materials remain the biggest threat to public health. They are moreover flouting is a ban of the High Court for producing and marketing the toxic feed for animals which ...

International »

Putin plan to rejuvenate Russian politics makes slow progress


Reuters, Moscow :Poised to run for a fourth term, President Vladimir Putin has started clearing out the old Russian political elite and says he's bringing in young people with "fire in their eyes."But a Reuters analysis shows that he has made limited progress so far.In the run up to March ...

Sports »

Participants run during the Delhi Half Marathon in New Delhi, India on Sunday. Ethiopia's Birhanu Legese and Almaz Ayana won the men's and women's elite categories, respectively.


 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news