Israeli-Palestinian tensions proof that status quo ineffective: Russian FM

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The conflict between Israel and Palestine confirms the ineffectiveness of the status quo in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said as he received Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Moscow today.

Israeli-Palestinian tensions proof that status quo ineffective: Russian FM

The conflict between Israel and Palestine has confirmed that the current status quo in the region is ineffective, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a press statement following a meeting with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abu Gayt in the Russian capital Moscow.

"The latest situation in the Palestinian-Israeli tension is an unprecedented outcome that once again confirms that the current status quo in the conflict zone is absolutely unsustainable," Lavrov said.

"Stopping the fighting there urgently does not mean solving the problem of the large number of civilians who have become victims of the current situation. Special attention must also be paid to the reasons why the Palestinian conflict has so far remained unresolved. There are clear and unequivocal resolutions of the United Nations (UN) Security Council and a series of agreements between Israel and Palestine, including the Oslo and Madrid agreements. Of course, I would also like to recall the Arab Peace Initiative presented by the Arab League," he added.

RUSSIA COULD END WAR

The Russian Foreign Minister underlined that Russia and the member states of the League of Arab States are capable of contributing to ending the bloodshed in the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

"We are ready to make this contribution together with all countries that are sincerely interested in ensuring the security of all countries in the region without exception, including the State of Palestine, which must be established in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions," he emphasized.

'TENSION TO CONTINUE IN MIDDLE EAST'

In his opening speech, Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Abu Gayt emphasized that there is no hope for a solution to the Palestinian problem and shared the view that the tensions in the Middle East will continue to be experienced due to this reason.

"All these incidents, even if not at the same level of violence, will continue due to the absence of any political expectation or initiative to resolve the Palestinian issue," Gayt said.

RUSSIA CALLS FOR RESTRAINT

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova reported that Moscow called on Israel and Palestine to immediately ceasefire, emphasizing that both sides should "stop violence and establish comprehensive and lasting peace with the help of the international community".

"The problem can be resolved only through political and diplomatic means, through the establishment of a full-fledged negotiation process on the basis of international law, which envisages the creation of an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with its capital in East Jerusalem, which can live in security and peace with Israel," Zaharova said.

Source: Sputnik

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