Ahead of UN bid, Ban says two-state solution 'long overdue'

The two-state solution is long overdue, said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday, hours ahead of the Palestinian bid to upgrade its status to a non-member state at the General Assembly.
“Achieving the two-state solution, to which both Israel and the Palestinians have committed, is long overdue,” Ban said in a message marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
He stressed the need to urgently ramp up efforts to reach a solution, on the part of the international community, as well as Palestinian and Israeli leaders.
“I call on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to show vision and determination. I also urge the international community to help them forge a credible political path that will meet the legitimate aspirations of both sides.”