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EU top diplomat says Israel can't 'have veto' on Palestinian state

By AFP - Jan 23,2024 - Last updated at Jan 23,2024

BRUSSELS — EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell on Tuesday said that Israel cannot be allowed to unilaterally block the creation of a Palestinian state after the war in Gaza.

"One thing is clear, Israel cannot have the veto right to the self-determination of the Palestinian people," Borrell told a Brussels press conference with his Egyptian counterpart.

"The United Nations recognises and has recognised many times the self-determination right of the Palestinian people. Nobody can veto it."

The comments come after Borrell on Monday chaired talks between the EU's 27 foreign ministers and the top diplomats from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and key Arab states.

Borrell has floated a roadmap involving an international conference on a two-state solution and has said peace needs to be "imposed" on Israel.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said there is "an international consensus on the necessity of resolving the conflict on the basis of a two state solution".

"It is time to implement it and the international community has the means, has the resources, has the mechanisms to do so," he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has drawn condemnation from the United Nations and defied key backer the United States by rejecting calls for a Palestinian state.

Israel insists it is focused on its military operation in Gaza aimed at destroying Islamist movement Hamas and freeing hostages captured in the October 7 attack.

Shoukry warned that displacement of Gaza’s population from the territory “will occur” if adequate humanitarian assistance is not allowed in.

“Making the conditions in Gaza unliveable in itself will induce displacements,” he warned.


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