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Holy See Insists on 2-State Solution in Mideast
U.N. Panel Addressed on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
NEW YORK, NOV. 5, 2006 (Zenit.org).- A state for Israelis and another for
Palestinians is the key to peace and coexistence in the Middle East, says
the Holy See.
Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See's permanent observer to the United
Nations, addressed this question Thursday before the General Assembly's Special
Committee which was discussing aid to Palestinian refugees in the Mideast.
"Each year at this meeting we recite the seemingly endless list of difficulties
and differences separating Israelis and Palestinians, but they are differences
which make it all the more urgent for states to address the problem of the
fundamental injustice at the heart of this question," the Holy See official
"To make a list of the symptoms without addressing the root cause is hardly
helpful to either party," he added. "Each is forced to live under the horrible
tensions of potential explosive acts of terror or military incursions that
result in death, casualties, and the destruction of infrastructures.
"The centrality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the persistent instability
of the Middle East cannot be ignored."
The Vatican delegation "remains convinced of the two-state solution as the
basis for the resolution of the crisis, which would permit Israelis to live
in security in their own land and Palestinians to live safely in a viable
state of their own," Archbishop Migliore said.
He continued: "This can only be achieved if the international community,
and in particular the Quartet [the United Nations, United States, Europe
and Russia] shoulders the burden of reactivating genuine negotiations with
"It is a sad fact that the international community has failed to engage the
Israelis and Palestinians in significant and substantive dialogue along with
dispute resolution in order to bring stability and peace to both.
"It falls squarely upon the international community to use its good offices
to facilitate with all speed a rapprochement between the two sides. Evidently,
those brokering the negotiations will have to maintain a balanced approach,
avoiding the imposition of preconditions on either side."
The Holy See official emphasized that "a lasting solution must include the
status of the holy city of Jerusalem," internationally guaranteed.
"In light, too, of the numerous incidents of violence and challenges to free
movement posed by the Security Wall," he added, "the Holy See renews its
support for internationally guaranteed provisions to ensure the freedom of
religion and of conscience of its inhabitants, as well as permanent, free
and unhindered access to the holy places by the faithful of all religions