|One of the Israeli settlements in West Bank, Ma’ale Adumim. — AFP/VNA Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam has reiterated its support for a comprehensive, fair and long-term solution to the conflict between Palestine and Israel reached through negotiations, and the realisation of the undeniable legal rights of Palestinians.
During the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)’s online meeting on the Middle East situation on Tuesday, Ambassador Đặng Đình Quý, head of the Vietnamese mission to the UN, shared the concerns of UNSC member countries and the international community over Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
The annexation will seriously violate international law and run counter to the long-term interests of Israel, he said.
If implemented, the plan will grievously harm the prospect of the two-state solution, as well as peace and stability in the Middle East, and worsen the humanitarian situation faced by Palestinians, the ambassador said.
Quý said he appreciated the high resolution of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov in urging relevant sides to restore dialogue and ease difficulties for Palestinians.
He called on the international community to increase assistance to Palestinians, including funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
According to Mladenov, 22 female leaders of Israel issued a letter opposing Israel’s plan, which, they said, will do irreparable damage to Palestinian and Israeli societies, and regional security.
Apart from Israel’s annexation plan, delegates also expressed their concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, which, together with socio-economic difficulties, has worsened the humanitarian situation in Palestinian territories. — VNS