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Source: Secretary-General
28 March 2015



SECRETARY-GENERAL'S REMARKS TO THE 26TH ORDINARY SESSION
OF THE COUNCIL OF THE LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES

Sharm el-Sheikh, 28 March 2015


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Majesties,

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Seven months after the end of yet another war with Israel, Gaza remains a tinderbox – and the situation is getting worse by the day.

Neither blockade nor military action has made either side safer. I call on donors to make good on the pledges they made in Cairo last October. Help bring Gaza back to life.

Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are illegal and constitute a serious impediment to peace.

The Arab-Israeli peace process is further threatened by calls to discard or undermine the two-state solution endorsed by the international community and outlined in the visionary Arab Peace Initiative that you adopted in your 2002 summit.

Once again, I urge Israel to end what is now nearly half a century of occupation. I urge the Palestinians to overcome their divisions. And I call upon the friends and supporters of both to push for a just and lasting solution based on international law.

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