Jakarta: Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi has reiterated that the international community has a responsibility to put an end to illegal settlements in the Palestinian territories.
"Continued expansion of illegal settlements is unacceptable," Retno said in a press release on Friday.
Together with Kuwait and South Africa, Indonesia convened a UN Security Council (UNSC) Arria-Formula discussion on 'Israeli Settlements and Settlers' at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday local time.
According to Retno, Indonesia rejects the continued expansion of settlements in Palestinian territories as it puts the Two-State solution in jeopardy, is a source for human rights violations, and will only result in a cycle of conflict and violence.
"We must never lose hope to resolve the Palestinian conflict through dialogue, negotiation and multilateralism," Retno noted.
Earlier this week, Retno chaired the UN Security Council's open debate themed 'Sowing The Seed of Peace: Enhancing the Safety and Performance of the UN Peacekeeping Mission (UN MPP)' at the same venue on Tuesday local time.
At the meeting, Retno said that the UN peacekeeping forces are a concrete example of global partnerships, collective leadership, and shared responsibility for peace.
"The Blue Helmets are peacekeepers who protect hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. They are the faces of UN Security Council, and one of the best portraits of multilateral cooperation," Retno remarked.
The Open Debate is the signature event of Indonesian Presidency's in UN Security Council. The event was attended by 59 countries including 15 UN Security Council members, Troops/Police Contributing Countries or contributor countries to the United Nations MPP, host countries, and international and regional organizations such as the African Union. Presenting as the keynote speakers were the UN Secretary General António Guterres, MONUSCO Troop Commander Lieutenant General Elias Rodrigues Martins Filho, and Director of the Challenges Forum International Secretariat Dr. Björn Holmberg.