Mid-East Coordinator calls for international action to support two-state solution

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Robert Serry addressing the Security Council on Mid-East situation

Robert Serry addressing the Security Council on Mid-East situation

It is time for the international community to come together to support the efforts toward a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Monday.

Robert Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said while efforts currently underway offer the chance for serious political progress, much work lies ahead.

"Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas reiterated their commitment to the two-state solution as essentially the only prospect for the future of Israelis and Palestinians – while they undeniably differ on its terms, and on how to attain it. It is incumbent upon us as the United Nations, and the international community, to help them bridge those differences."

Mr. Serry said concerted international action would include a revitalized Quartet that engages broadly with key Arab partners as well as regional and other stakeholders.

The Quartet, which consists of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia, works to mediate Middle East peace negotiations.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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