West Bank annexation would violate int''l law: UN chief

NEW YORK: UN chief Antonio Guterres warned on Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex a key part of the occupied West Bank would violate international law.

West Bank annexation would violate int''l law: UN chief

File photo of UN chief Antonio Guterres. AFP

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New York, September 12

UN chief Antonio Guterres warned on Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex a key part of the occupied West Bank would violate international law.

“Such steps, if implemented, would constitute a serious violation of international law,” Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

“They would be devastating to the potential of reviving negotiations and regional peace, while severely undermining the viability of the two-state solution,” he said.

Netanyahu’s controversial pledge involves extending Israel’s sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea, which account for one-third of the West Bank, if he wins next week’s elections. It would not include however annexing any Palestinian cities such as Jericho.

The pre-election promise late Tuesday drew immediate condemnation from Arab powerhouses with many warning—like Guterres—of disastrous consequences for the stagnant Israeli-Palestinian peace process. — AFP

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