U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this summer’s war between Israel and Hamas was the result of Israeli “occupation” and called on both sides to participate in talks for a two-state solution.
“We must not lose sight of the root causes of the recent hostilities: a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights, and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations,” Ban said at a donor conference in Cairo on Sunday. The conference’s purpose is to raise funds to repair damage from the fighting.
“I call on all parties to come together to chart a clear course towards a just and final peace – including achieving a full lifting of the blockade, ensuring Israel’s legitimate security concerns; and establishing two states living side by side in peace and security.”
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