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UN: Economic measures alone cannot solve Palestinian-Israeli conflict

The UN has reiterated that economic measures alone cannot be a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Commenting on the Bahrain economic workshop, UN spokesman Farhan Haq told journalists that the UN had already expressed its position on the conference when Nickolay , the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, addressed the Security Council members last week.

“Humanitarian and economic support for the population is crucial to creating an environment conducive to viable negotiations. However, I must emphasize that the conflict cannot be resolved through economic measures alone,” Nickolay said last Thursday.

“Such steps can only be complementary to a legitimate political process that ends the occupation and addresses all final status issues in accordance with relevant UN resolutions,” he added.