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Russia: 'Troubling indications that peace efforts are undermined'

Sept. 21, 2018 11:56 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 21, 2018 5:00 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, said on Thursday that the political approach of the United States administration regarding the Middle East peace process undermines past efforts.

Nebenzia spoke before the UN Security Council saying that "40 years after Camp David and 25 years after the Oslo Accords, there are troubling indications that past efforts are being undermined."

He stressed "How else could the United States' decision to close the Palestinian office in Washington, D.C., be understood," calling for international cooperation on the Palestinian question to be rekindled in the spirit of US-Russian Federation cooperation.

Nebenzia called for the recommencement of Israeli-Palestinian dialogue, noting Russia's initiative to organize a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

He pointed out that trends resulting from unilateral decisions must be reversed.

He emphasized the necessity of the work carried out by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), "In Gaza, robust assistance to Palestinians must dovetail with rebuilding Palestinian unity."

"A fair solution to the Palestinian issue is essential for resolving the situation in the wider region."

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