Viability of a two-state solution in Middle East at risk: UN envoy

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Robert Serry, UN Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

The viability of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at risk, according to the UN Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

On Monday Robert Serry briefed the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.

Mr. Serry said that despite what he called "some positive quiet" engagement, the Israelis and Palestinians have not yet engaged in meaningful dialogue on core issues.

He told the Security Council that the main obstacles remain political: the unresolved issues between the parties, the continued occupation and the ongoing Palestinian divides.

"We can no longer simply count on the pursuit of short-term mutual confidence-building measures aimed at starting talks. Such measures are not alternatives for a negotiated peace. The lack of progress on the political track and ongoing conflict and occupation put at risk the very viability of the two-state solution. There is no more sobering and manifestation of such risk than the financial and economic crisis currently afflicting the Palestinian Authority."

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Mr. Serry said that in circumstances of prolonged political stalemate and an increasingly fragile situation, the time has come for the international community to seriously reassess its role in resolving the conflict.

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