Ban Ki-moon chose to dedicate part of his last speech at the General Assembly as UN Secretary-General to address the political stalemate between Israel and the Palestinians: “Ten years of illegal settlement expansion and fifty years of occupation. This is madness.”
Ban Ki-moon. Archives Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
In his last speech at this year’s annual UN General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the political stalemate between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. “Ten years of illegal settlement expansion and fifty years of occupation. This is madness,” he stated. “As a friend of both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples, it pains me that this past decade has been ten years lost to peace. Ten years lost to illegal settlement expansion. Ten years lost to intra-Palestinian divide, growing polarization and hopelessness.”
“The prospects for a two-state solution are being lowered by the day,” the UN Secretary-General added. “Replacing a two-state solution with a one-state construct would spell doom: denying Palestinians their freedom and rightful future and pushing Israel further from its vision of a Jewish democracy towards greater global isolation.”
“Madness.” Netanyahu and Abu Mazen Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
Ban Ki-moon also addressed the collapse of the ceasefire in Syria, claiming that Assad was responsible for most of the killing of his own citizens and blaming his regime for the end of the ceasefire. “Many groups have killed many innocent people but none more so than the government of Syria, which continues to barrel bomb neighborhoods and systemically torture thousands of detainees,” he stated.
Assad. Archives Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
Earlier today, the UN announced that it was stopping the transferal of humanitarian aid to Syrian citizens after several of its people were injured in an aerial strike directed at a UN aid truck near Aleppo. “As an immediate security measure, other convoy movements in Syria have been suspended for the time being pending further assessment of the security situation,” stated Jens Laerke, the UN humanitarian aid spokesman. “However, we remain committed to stay and deliver to everybody in need in Syria.”