U.S. 'absolutely' supports two-state solution: USA ambassador to UN

Posted February 17, 2017

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations says the Trump administration "absolutely" supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels, says he does not see the conditions for military collaboration with Russian Federation - a blow to Moscow's hopes for repairing ties with the United States following Trump's election.

Trump says he will issue a new executive order to replace his controversial directive suspending travel to the United States by citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries.

Cuba has voiced today its concern at the United Nations over the negative impact of Israel " s aggressiveness on the two-state solution to the conflict with Palestine.

"I think first of all a two-state solution is what we support", she said.

On Wednesday, Trump suggested a break with the two-state solution, which is a longstanding bedrock of Washington and the global community's policy for a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

"At the end of the day, the solution to what will bring peace to the Middle East is going to come from the Palestinians and Israelis.

What we are saying is let us not just talk about the old way of doing things, lets come to the table with all the fresh atmosphere perspective that we now have and see how can we move forward", she said. "I can live with either one", he said, in what would be a momentous break from what has been a cornerstone of USA policy in the Middle East peace process since Bill Clinton's administration. "I am here to emphasise that the United States is determined to stand up to the UN's anti-Israel bias".

"We absolutely support the two-state solution but we are thinking out of the box as well: which is what does it take to bring these two sides to the table; what do we need to have them agree on".

Haley was highly critical of what she called the anti-Israel bias in the U.N.'s most powerful body and the resolution members adopted in December condemning Israeli settlements as a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law.

Under a two-state solution, long a goal of US policy, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank would eventually govern themselves in a separate state.

"It is very unsafe to move away from the two-state solution idea, especially before you have something viable as an alternative", Sweden's Ambassador Olof Skoog warned. Sweden has recognized Palestinian statehood.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had also cautioned that there is "no Plan B" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, warning against any action to undermine the possibility of the two-state solution.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre echoed Mladenov's comments, saying: "should the prospect of a Palestinian state disappear, it would open the door to more extremism and more terrorism".