Progress for peace between Israel and Palestinians "elusive"

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Oscar Fernandez Taranco

Israelis and Palestinians need to enter into what has been described as "substantive" negotiations to resolve their conflict and find lasting peace.

That's what Oscar Fernandez Taranco, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Mr. Taranco said that there are tensions on the ground, deep mistrust between the Israelis and Palestinians and volatile regional dynamics.

"Over the past month, violent incidents erupted at a worrisome rate. Another dangerous round of escalation also occurred in Gaza. The realization of the two state solution has not advanced, eroding hopes and underscoring the urgent need for both sides to engage without further delay into serious substantive negotiations to resolve all permanent status issues."

Mr. Taranco said efforts to get the Israelis and Palestinians to resume direct talks continue.

(Duration: 25")

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