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Vatican asks Israel to respect international law in relation to Palestine

The Vatican rejoins the debate on one of the most difficult conflicts in the Middle East: that between Israel and Palestine. The Holy See again asked Israel to respect international law for peaceful coexistence with Palestine. It proposes that the “two countries can live side by side as two states, within the borders internationally recognized before 1967.”

The Vatican made this announcement after a phone call between the Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Holy See's Secretary for Relations with States. The Palestinian diplomat explained that Israel might unilaterally impose its sovereignty on Palestinian territories.

The Vatican says it is following the situation closely, and that it is worried about future measures that could jeopardize dialogue. The Vatican expresses its hope that Israel and Palestine will be able to negotiate an agreement.