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UN: Israel's annexation of occupied Jordan Valley 'without any international legal effect' - Sec-Gen spokesman

United States, New York City
September 11, 2019 at 01:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's vow to annex part of the occupied West Bank if he is returned to office this week is "without any international legal effect" in the eyes of the UN.

Speaking at a press conference at UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, the UN Secretary General's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said such "unilateral actions" would damage ongoing peace process between Israel and Palestine.

"[It] would be devastating to the potential of reviving negotiations, regional peace, and the very essence of a two-state solution," he added.

Netanyahu said he would seek "Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea" in a bid for support from right-wing parties whose support he needs to build a coalition.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's vow to annex part of the occupied West Bank if he is returned to office this week is "without any international legal effect" in the eyes of the UN.

Speaking at a press conference at UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, the UN Secretary General's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said such "unilateral actions" would damage ongoing peace process between Israel and Palestine.

"[It] would be devastating to the potential of reviving negotiations, regional peace, and the very essence of a two-state solution," he added.

Netanyahu said he would seek "Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea" in a bid for support from right-wing parties whose support he needs to build a coalition.

W/S United Nations headquarters, New York City

M/S Spokesperson for Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric approaching podium

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SOT, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General: "The Secretary-General's position has always been clear and consistent: unilateral actions are not helpful in the peace process. Our position today is unchanged and is reflected in relevant UN resolutions. Any Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction, administration, in the occupied West Bank is without any international legal effect. Such a prospect would be devastating to the potential of reviving negotiations, regional peace, and the very essence of a two-state solution."

W/S Dujarric leaving podium

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