The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reiterated the UN’s stance that only a two-state solution can deliver a just and lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.
In a post on his official X page, Guterres stated that the international community “must not waver” in its commitment to the establishment of two independent states living side-by-side.
He asserted that this is the only pathway to realizing the “inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.”
This long-standing UN position advocates for Israel and Palestine to exist side-by-side as independent states with secured borders.
Over the decades of discord, thousands have perished due to warring between the Israeli military and Palestinian militant groups. Just this year, nearly 1000s Palestinians, including militants and civilians, have died in clashes with Israeli forces.
The ongoing settlement expansions and home demolitions by Israel have further fueled Palestinian anger.
It is against this backdrop of renewed violence, Guterres insisted the international community must hold firm on the two-state framework despite lack of progress.
Previous UN-led initiatives for a two-state settlement have failed to materialize since the 1940s. Critics argue that a two-state solution is unrealistic given current tensions.
However, Guterres stated in decisive language that the UN will not waver on its commitment. While acknowledging the growing difficulties, he maintains two sovereign states represents the best chance for sustainable peace.
As calls grow on both sides for more aggressive actions, Guterres’s statement represents the UN’s latest bid to encourage de-escalation and diplomacy. However, the trajectory of rising fatalities shows how entrenched the conflict remains.