New York, MINA – United Nations (UN) made a statement on Friday, urging Israel to remove restrictions on Palestinian freedom of movement.
“We urge Israel to lift restrictions on the movement of people and goods, which also hampers the efforts of the United Nations and other humanitarian agencies, without endangering legitimate security problems,” said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Anadolu Agency reported.
Gueterres said at the inaugural meeting of the UN Committee which focused on Palestinian rights.
He said, around two million Palestinians were in a state of deterioration in rising poverty and unemployment, with limited access to adequate health, education, water and electricity.
“Palestinians have experienced more than half a century of occupation and rejected their legitimate right to self-determination,” he said.
“Young people see little prospects for a better future,” he added.
The United Nations further said that the sustainable development of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank was illegal under international law and further encroached on the region.
“They deepened their sense of distrust and damaged the two-state solution,” he said.
Negotiations have long stalled, and the Palestinians have refused to take part in new US-mediated negotiations, because Trump’s decision unilaterally recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (R/Sj/R04)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)