The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has urged the Israeli occupation on Wednesday, June 29, 2023, to immediately stop settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Guterres expressed concern over the construction of over 5,500 Israeli settlement units in Area C of the West Bank.
Guterres emphasized that these settlements constitute a clear violation of international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.
He called for a complete cessation of all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory and urged the Israeli occupation to fulfill its legal obligations in this regard.
The UN Secretary-General stressed that “Israel’s ongoing settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, fuels violence significantly and increases the risk of confrontation.”
He further warned that these actions undermine the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and hinder the possibility of establishing a sovereign Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders.
Guterres appealed for an immediate reversal of the settlement expansion policy, emphasizing that it undermines the prospects for a two-state solution and a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace in the region.