Russia supports New Zealand's resolution on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Moscow announced it supported the new draft resolution proposed by New Zealand to resume peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
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Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin stated that his country supported the new draft resolution proposed by New Zealand regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "We have always claimed that the UN should be more involved," Churkin told reporters. "I think we should seriously look at it." The surprising Russian support comes after for the past six years, no decision was made with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

New Zealand, which will be serving as a member of the UN Security Council in the next two years, has proposed a draft resolution on the peace talks following the recent wave of violence in Israel. According to the proposal, a two-state solution would be reached by means of direct negotiations. New Zealand claims this is the only path to peace. Additionally, the draft resolution states that the two sides must refrain from provocative gestures, take steps to build mutual trust and stop the incitement.

Last Wednesday, after the draft resolution was made public, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that he rejected the idea. Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon also addressed the issue and told AP that the proposal was "destructive."

The Palestinian Authority's Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour expressed his support for New Zealand's initiative but said it wasn’t strong enough to "stop Israel's ongoing aggression against the Palestinian people."

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