US no longer a peace broker

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said the US can no longer play the role of peace broker. “These deplorable and unacceptable measures deliberately undermine peace efforts,” Abbas said. He said Trump’s move amounted to “an announcement of US withdrawal from sponsoring the peace process.”

Two-state solution a must

UN Secretary General António Guterres said the two-state solution is the only way to solve conflict in the region. “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,” he said. “It is only by realizing the vision of two states living side-by-side in peace.”

A fire with no end in sight

Turkey slammed as irresponsible and illegal the announcement by US President Trump. Turkey says it will plunge the region and world into “a fire with no end in sight”. “We condemn the irresponsible statement of the US administration… the decision is against international law and relevant UN resolutions,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter.

A historic misstep

Pope Francis joined a list of leaders warning of a historic misstep. He defended the “status quo” of Jerusalem. “I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent days. At the same time, I appeal strongly for all to respect the city’s status quo, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions,” the pope said.

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