The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, delivered a warning about the unprecedented massacre of civilians in the Gaza Strip and emphasized the need to turn this tragedy into an opportunity for peace. Referring to the conflict, he called for a two-state solution that would bring stability to the region.
During a media appearance in New York, Guterres expressed his concern about the thousands of children who have lost their lives since the Israeli military offensive began in response to previous Hamas attacks. He described the massacre of civilians as without parallel or precedent, and stressed that the current situation is a tragedy.
Guterres has advocated for a humanitarian ceasefire, the release of hostages held by Hamas, and an end to violations of international law. He hopes for progress towards a two-state solution, emphasizing that the Palestinian Authority should assume responsibilities in the Gaza Strip.
The Secretary General sees the potential for transformation in the current tragedy, emphasizing the need for irreversible progress towards a two-state solution. He expressed that the mere establishment of a hypothetical “protectorate” supervised by the UN cannot be the solution to the conflict, and emphasized the need for a transitional period.