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Finland for urgent solution of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Published : 13 May 2021, 22:34

  DF Report

Palestinian children play on the ruins of houses attacked by the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, May 12, 2021. Photo: Xinhua by Rizek Abdeljawad.

Finland expressed grave concern over the escalation of the crisis in Israel and the Palestinian territory and strictly condemned all violence against civilians.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs in a statement said that the escalation of the situation again underscores the urgent need of a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said the ministry in a press release.

“Finland’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains unchanged. Finland supports a two-state solution achieved through negotiations carried out by the parties in an equal manner. The use of force and violence must be replaced by negotiations,” said the statement.

It also pointed out that the State of Israel has the right to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks. At the same time, International Humanitarian Law must be respected and civilians must be protected.

“The untenable situation in Gaza calls for an urgent solution. A sustainable solution is also crucial to the difficult situation in East Jerusalem and the whole West Bank. Israel’s settlement activity is illegal under international law and undermines prospects for a two-state solution,” the statement added.

The statement said that leaders are required to show responsibility. At worst, the current acts of violence may create instability in the entire Middle East.