September 11, 2019 / 10:13 PM / 4 days ago

U.N. chief denounces Israeli leader Netanyahu's land annexation plan

FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks at the Security Council stakeout at the United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S., August 1, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General António Guterres expressed concern on Wednesday about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank if re-elected, saying it would be illegal and gut prospects for regional peace.

“Such steps, if implemented, would constitute a serious violation of international law,” he said in a statement. “They would be devastating to the potential of reviving negotiations and regional peace, while severely undermining the viability of the two-State solution.”

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chris Reese

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