UN’s Palestinian aid agency urges Trump to revive peace bid

By Reuters – Jan 09,2017 -JORDAN TIMES


A Palestinian protester throws stones at Israeli forces during a protest against land expropriations by Israeli government at Kafr Kaddum village of Nablus, West Bank, on Friday (Anadolu Agency photo)


GENEVA — US President-elect Donald Trump and foreign powers should revive the Middle East peace process at a time Palestinian youths are becoming increasingly disillusioned, the head of the UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees urged on Monday.

Relations between the United States and Israel have soured during President Barack Obama’s administration, reaching a low point late last month when Washington cleared the way for a UN resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements.

Obama’s secretary of state, John Kerry, has said the settlement programme threatened Middle East peace and described a two state solution as in “serious jeopardy”. Trump has said he will pursue more pro-Israel policies after taking office on January 20,

“The reality is just that right now there is no such thing that one can call a peace process for Israel and Palestine. And it’s a very big risk that the world is taking,” Pierre Kraehenbuehl, UNRWA commissioner-general, told a news briefing.

He said re-investing in a meaningful political process should be “the absolute top priority”.


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