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World

AFP
September 12, 2019

UN chief: West Bank annexation would violate international law

World

AFP
Thu, Sep 12, 2019

NEW YORK: UN chief Antonio Guterres warned 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.