Two states only solution in Israeli-Palestine conflict, says top Turkish diplomat

ANTALYA (Turkey), April 15 (NNN-BERNAMA-ANADOLU) —  A two-state solution is the only wide-scale sustainable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Anadolu Agency reported, quoting  a top Turkish diplomat on Sunday.

“I don’t mean to say that (a two-state solution) now has very clear prospects in the region. But it still is one of our best options to find a durable solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict”, Ufuk Ulutas, head at the Center for Strategic Research of Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, told a NATO meeting in Antalya, in the Turkish Mediterranean.

Ulutas laid out Turkey’s position on Israel-Palestine conflict, as well as obstacles blocking peace between Israelis and Palestinians, at the three-day NATO meeting, which ends Sunday.

Lawmakers, military officers, and foreign mission chiefs from NATO member states are among participants at the 99th Rose-Roth Seminar, and Mediterranean and Middle East special group of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, hosted by Turkey’s Parliament.

“In every instance of peace-making, efforts to reach a wide and sustainable solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Turkey has either become a mediator, a facilitator, or supporter of the whole process,” said Ulutas. 

“We can call Turkey a strong proponent of peacemaking in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The whole process of peacemaking, at least the efforts, in the Arab-Israel conflict has been reflected very positively in the Israeli-Turkish relationship,” he added.

Ulutas said there are five obstacles to resolving conflicts between Israel and Palestine: the US Mideast policy and especially on Palestine and Israel, the radicalisation of Israel politics, regional divisions in the Mideast and their effects on Palestine’s politics and economy, ongoing clashes in Palestine, and the lack of initiative among the international community.

“US unilateralism is one of the problems that we’ve had so far in the Arab-Israeli conflict,” he stressed, decrying US President Donald Trump moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem and his recognition of the occupied Golan Heights as an Israeli territory.

 “With these steps, the US chose to be a part of the problem instead of the solution,” he said.