The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, addressed the Community on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Friday, to discuss the humanitarian emergency in Palestine. Guterres emphasized the effect the crisis has had on the youth of Gaza, stressing that they are left with âlittle prospect of a better futureâ, stating this issue must be âimmediately addressedâ, reported WAFA.
The Secretary-General insisted that the nearly two million Palestinians living in Gaza, are âincreasingly mired in poverty and unemployment, with no access to health, education, water, and electricityâ. He reaffirmed the UNâs support for âthe return of the legitimate government to Gazaâ, what he called an âintegral part of a future Palestinian Stateâ.
Guterres appealed to Israel to âlift the restrictions on the movement of people and goodsâ, and he praised the âcritical workâ of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). He called on the international collective to strengthen its monetary support to help revive Gazaâs economy.
He stated that the expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, ârisk further unrest in the West Bankâ, and âdeepen the sense of mistrust and undermine the two-state solutionâ.
The Secretary-General added that Jerusalem should be a shared capital of the two states, Israel and Palestine.
Finally, the Secretary-General Â mentioned the 70 years of occupation that the Palestinians have suffered under, and âthe denial of their legitimate right to self-determinationâ.
He expressed his regret that Israel failed to renew the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron, stating he hopes an agreement can be made to preserve the crucial service.