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Indonesia urges int'l community to unite for Palestine

Indonesia emphasized on Friday the importance of a solution for the Palestine-Israel conflict to ensure the peace in the Middle East.

Addressing the 74th UN General Assembly in New York, Vice President of Muhammad Jusuf Kalla urged the international community to unite in a bid to solve the .

"Peace in is not possible without a solution in Palestine. Without unity in the , we will drain our energy," he said.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the perennial Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping East Jerusalem -- occupied by Israel since 1967 -- might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

The Israeli-Palestinian peace process collapsed in mid-2014 due to Israel's continued refusal to halt West Bank settlement building and accept pre-1967 borders as a basis for a two-state solution.

World leaders gathered at the UN headquarters this week for high-level debates as part of the ongoing 74th session.

This year's session is being held under the theme of "galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion."

Indonesia has already drawn attention to Israel's human rights violations on numerous occasions.

In July Indonesian officials strongly condemned the Israeli violations in Jerusalem and called for a boycott on Israeli goods.

Addressing an extraordinary ministerial meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia's Deputy Foreign Minister Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir said Israel's actions undermined the possibility of a future two-state solution.

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