Guterres: UN safeguards international law in Mideast

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday emphasized the UN s role as the guardian of international law in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, days before US President Donald Trump s son-in-law is to present a new Mideast peace plan to the Security Council.

Jared Kushner, a key architect of the Trump administration s blueprint that has enraged the Palestinians, is to brief the council s 14 other members at a behind-closed-doors lunch on Thursday.

“Our position is very clear. We are the guardians of the UN resolutions and international law in relation to the Palestinian question,” Guterres told a wide-ranging news conference at the UN headquarters.

“We are totally committed to the two-state solution,” he added, reiterating his stance that the peace plan must be based on the pre-1967 borders.

The US plan makes numerous concessions to Israel, proposing the establishment of a Palestinian capital in Abu Dis, a suburb of Jerusalem. The Palestinians have long sought the whole of east Jerusalem as their capital.

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