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Pope Francis calls for two-state solution

Update : 02 Nov 2023, 08:15

Pope Francis has stressed the need for a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as a special status for Jerusalem.

In an interview with Italian state television RAI, the pope said he was hopeful a regional escalation could be avoided in the current conflict, which began when Hamas militants killed some 1,400 Israelis in a terror attack on October 7.

An escalation, he said, "would mean the end of so many things and so many lives."

He also voiced concern about a rise in antisemitism, adding that much of it "remains hidden."

"(Those are) two peoples who have to live together, with that wise solution, two states. The Oslo Accords, two well-defined states and Jerusalem with a special status," Francis said.

The 1993 Oslo Accords saw Israeli and Palestinian leaders agree to plans that would lay the groundwork for a two-state solution. But those plans have yet to be realized.

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