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    Ban Ki-moon stated that the two-state solution is the only way out of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that the two-state solution is the only way out of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, in a document read out on Wednesday by his envoy to an international meeting in Moscow.

    "The Secretary-General believes that Middle East faces a vicious tide of terror and extremism," Ban’s envoy Nikolay Mladenov said, at a UN Meeting in support of Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    "The two-state solution is the only viable way forward," he added.

    Mladenov said that a majority of Israelis and Palestinians support a two-state solution, including recognition of Palestinian statehood by Israel.

    A two-day international meeting to promote the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict began in Russia’s capital Moscow on Wednesday.

    The meeting will review current efforts to reconcile Israel and Palestine, and will look at what can be done to promote peace through the mediation of UN institutions.

    According to the UN website, statements will be made by government representatives from the UN, Palestine, Israel, Russia, and other nations, as well as regional Arab organizations like the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

    The consultations will also feature panels of prominent international experts, including Israelis and Palestinians.

    Palestinians seek the full recognition of their independent state on territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, following their occupation by Israel in 1967.

    The initiative for full Palestinian statehood and the withdrawal of Israel to their former borders is currently at a low ebb due to continued resistance by Tel Aviv and its allies. Despite increasing pressure and widespread international condemnation, Israel continues to build settlements on the occupied lands.

    The State of Palestine is currently recognized by 135 of the United Nations’ 193 member states, including Russia.


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