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Lavrov: Extremists take advantage of still unresolved Palestinian issue

December 09, 2015, 18:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW
It is probably the most outstanding factor used by extremists for recruiting new followers among the Arab youth telling them there is no justice in the world, the Russian Foreign Minister notes
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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MOSCOW, December 9. /TASS/. Extremists take advantage of the still unresolved Palestinian issue using it for recruitment of militants, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Italian media on Wednesday.

"According to our evaluations as well as of many experts, the Palestinian issue, which has remained unresolved for more than 60 years, is probably the most outstanding factor used by extremists for recruiting new followers among the Arab youth and on the Arab streets telling them there is no justice in the world," Lavrov said.

"It was promised in late 1940s to establish two countries, however, the Palestinian state has not been established as of yet," the top Russian diplomat said.

"We do realize that the problem can be resolved only after all countries in the region, including Israel, would be guaranteed security, but practical steps need be taken as well," he said. "There is already more than one young generation, who are instructed and taught in the spirit of extremism and with the Palestinian example they are told there is no justice in the world, that Arabs will never achieve it [justice] and that all attempts of peace negotiations, including Oslo, Madrid, Annapolis and various ‘quartets,’ led to nothing, therefore the only way to defend own interests is the armed fight."

"Such brainwash is in effect and it is very hard to fight against it," Lavrov said adding he hoped that the United States would help resolve the issue.

According to the Russian diplomat, it would be difficult, if not impossible to resolve many present-day issues without the United States and the Palestinian issue is not an exception.

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