Israelis and Palestinians urged to be open to initiatives to overcome impasse

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Robert Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, tours Gaza – November 2012 – UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have been warned that inaction in negotiations to resolve their dispute could be dire for everyone.

The warning came from Robert Serry, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process during his briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday.

He said that continued confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians during the reporting period painted a grim picture.

Mr. Serry told the Security Council that without a new perspective on the political track he feared that such negative trends would continue.

"The consequences for inaction could be dire for everyone. Therefore, the parties must not only remain open to new initiatives to overcome the current impasse, but they must also demonstrate their seriousness. If Israel is serious about the two-state solution it must recognize the negative impact of continued settlement construction. Palestinian seriousness could be demonstrated by pausing further action in the international arena while talks begin."

Duration: 29″

Mr. Serry said both parties must re-affirm their commitment to a negotiated two-state solution consistent with the UN Charter and Security Council resolutions.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

Duration: 1'16″"

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