UN's Ban slams settlements, calls for end to 'occupation'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday slammed Israeli settlements as illegal and called for an end to the "occupation," AFP reported.
Speaking at a conference on democracy in the Arab world in Beirut, Ban said that "the Israeli occupation of Arab and Palestinian territories" and "violence against civilians" must end.
"Settlements, new and old, are illegal. They work against the emergence of a viable Palestinian state," the UN chief stated.
Ban added: "A two-state solution is long overdue. The status quo offers only the guarantee of future conflict."