Two-State solution critical for regional peace and security: USG FeltmanListen /
2013 will be a decisive year in the peace process, a top United Nations official told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
Under Secretary Jeffrey Feltman told the Council that it was incumbent upon all to support the Israelis and Palestinians in stabilizing the situation and permitting progress toward the goal of achieving a two state solution that he said was so critical for regional peace and security.
But he warned that settlement construction in the West Bank including East Jerusalem violated international law and was an obstacle to peace, adding that if implemented, would represent an almost fatal blow to remaining chances of securing a two-state solution.
Mr. Feltman also noted that a recent "unilateral Israeli decision on the use of Palestinian funds undermines the integrity of the Palestinian Authority and casts doubt upon Israeli compliance with Paris Protocol provisions related to the full, timely, predictable and transparent transfer of tax and customs revenues.
“ It comes while the Palestinians already face a dire fiscal situation that puts at risk the considerable achievements made by the Palestinian Authority in recent years under the leadership of President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad. The Palestinian Government has been unable to pay the salaries of its employees.”
Under Secretary-General Feltman called on Israel to reconsider its decision and resume the transfers of revenue without delay.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.