Jordan king: No alternative to two-state solution for Palestine-Israel conflict

AMMAN, King Abdullah II of Jordan affirmed on Thursday that a two-state solution is the only and realistic way to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

This came in a message delivered by the King to chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People Cheikh Niang on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People marked annually on 29 November, Jordan News Agency (Petra) said.

The King added that the alternative of the two-state solution is an apartheid state with unequal laws.

He has cautioned that continued absence of prospects for a just, comprehensive and permanent solution to the Palestinian issue, which is the Middle East’s central cause, threatens regional and global stability and security.

He also warned that unilateral measures including land appropriation as well as and violation of international law and human rights would only fuel conflict and frustration, thus empowering extremism.

He called for stepping up efforts to put an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the two-state solution that would achieve just and comprehensive peace.

He noted that this also will lead to establishing an independent, sovereign, and viable Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital.

He pointed out that this solution is in line with international law and relevant UN resolutions.

The King stressed Jordan’s commitment to the Hashemite Custodianship over Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, referring to the entire responsibility of the international community towards safeguarding the holy city.

He emphasized that Jordan would continue working to preserve the Arab identity of Jerusalem and supporting the steadfastness of Arab Jerusalemites as well as countering any attempts seeking to alter the historical and legal status quo in the holy city.

On the Palestinian refugees’ file, the King stressed the importance of resolving their final status issue to ensure their right of return and compensation in line with the international legitimacy’s resolutions, mainly the 194 and the Arab initiative peace.

He stressed the need of the international community’s support for UNRWA to help it continue its humanitarian services and duties towards guaranteeing a decent life for refugees.

Source: Kuwait News Agency