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G20 says two-state solution only answer to Israel-Palestinian conflict

G20 says two-state solution only answer to Israel-Palestinian conflict
epa11170804 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (C-L), and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom David Cameron participate in the opening of the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 February 2024. G20 foreign ministers began on 21 February a two-day meeting Rio de Janeiro. EPA-EFE/Antonio Lacerda

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Foreign ministers at the G20 group of nations meeting in Brazil were nearly unanimous in their support for a two-state solution as the only path to peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Brazilian minister hosting the event said on Thursday.

By Lisandra Paraguassu and Anthony Boadle

“There was virtual unanimity in the two-state solution as the only solution to the conflict,” Brazil’s foreign minister, Mauro Vieira, said at the close of the two-day meeting.

Vieira said all members of the group of the world’s largest economies highlighted concerns about the war in Gaza and the risk of the conflict’s spreading in the Middle East.

There were calls for a ceasefire and access to Gaza for humanitarian aid, while “many” countries criticized Israel’s military offensive in Rafah, he said.

The meeting, which set the agenda for the G20 group presided by Brazil this year, discussed current tensions in the world, mainly focused on the fighting in Gaza and Ukraine.

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said earlier that there was consensus on the need for a two-state solution in Israel, supported by every speaker who addressed the conflict.

“Everybody here, everybody, I haven’t heard anyone against it. There was a strong request for a two-state solution,” Borrell told reporters. “It is consensus among us.

There is not going to be peace … not going to be sustainable security for Israel unless the Palestinians have a clear political prospect to build their own state,” he said.

Borrell, EU minister for foreign affairs, said the crisis in Gaza extends to the West Bank, which is “absolutely boiling” as Israeli settlers are “attacking Palestinian civilians.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition government largely reject the establishment of a Palestinian state. Still, the United States, Israel’s main ally, maintains that the two-state solution is the only feasible way to bring lasting peace to the region.

On Ukraine, Borrell said he saw no sign of Russia’s accepting a ceasefire. “Putin wants to continue this war,” he said, speaking of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Western foreign ministers from the G20 on Wednesday attacked Russia for its invasion of Ukraine as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov listened during the meeting, diplomats said.

Vieira said all G20 countries backed the priorities set by Brazil for the group in 2024: reform of the United Nations and other multilateral organizations, fighting climate change, and reducing hunger and poverty in the world.

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  • Frans Flippo says:

    What everyone (especially the “Free Palestine” flag waving activists that seem to be everywhere in SA these days) seems to forget is that a two-state solution was proposed years ago, and the Palestinians REJECTED it.
    They don’t want a two-state solution, they want to see the destruction of Israel and they won’t accept anything less than that. If the raping and murdering of innocent Israeli civilians on October 7 didn’t make that obvious, I don’t know what will.

    • George 007 says:

      That’s not entirely true. The Palestinians have a legitimate right to thier land. They have rejected plans in the past as there were too many strings attached, but Israel refused to revise the plan to meet Palestinian demands for a real state. Israel is in the wrong here.

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