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The United Nations (UN) immediately refuted President Donald Trump following his announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In his remarks regarding Jerusalem, Trump said, “We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies. Old challenges demand new approaches.”

Trump said his administration is delivering his campaign promise. “We finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”

UN Secretary General António Guterres disagrees with Trump when it comes to Jerusalem, which is considered the world’s most intractable conflict. He emphasized that there is “no alternative to the two-state solution” advocated by world leaders and those involved in establishing a final peace agreement between Palestine and Israel. Guterres stressed there is “no plan b.” Jerusalem should be recognized as capital of Israel and Palestine to attain peace.

UN Secretary General on Jerusalem Issue

In a statement, UN Secretary General Guterres said, “From day one as Secretary-General of the United Nations, I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians.”

“Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, taking into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and the Israeli sides.

I understand the deep attachment that Jerusalem holds in the hearts of so many people. It has been so for centuries and it will always be.

In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: there is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B.”

Furthermore, Guterres pointed out that an ultimate peace between Israel and Palestine can only be achieved by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of both countries.

Moreover, the UN Secretary General said the only way to resolve the final status issues between Israel and Palestine is through negotiations. He vowed to do everything to encourage both countries to return to the negotiating table to realize a lasting peace.