We have now reached a decisive point in the Middle East Peace Process: Serry

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Robert Serry addressing the Security Council on Mid-East situation

Robert Serry

The Middle East peace process remains critical for the fate of the region, UN Special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry told the Security Council on Tuesday.

He said progress in the peace process and a more constructive dynamic between the Israelis and the Palestinians would have important positive political regional implications.

Serry stressed that conversely, a continued deadlock will further erode the hope for an agreed two-state solution, adding that in the effort to renew a serious dialogue between the parties time is of the essence.

” We have now reached a decisive point. In recent years we have shared frustration at the political deadlock. This is the moment to translate our collective call for action into a shared sense of urgency in supporting leaders on both sides as they must realize that this is an opening they cannot afford to lose. Progress indeed necessitates serious political commitments if leaders on both sides are to achieve the vision of the two-state solution they have both agreed on. We do not underestimate the difficulty of developing a substantial initiative that should provide a credible horizon for achieving a two-state solution at long last. But we cannot emphasize enough that this is the moment for concerted action and continued support to the parties.”

Serry warned that the risks of foregoing the present opportunity should be clear for both sides. He noted that as the United Nations, we remain convinced that achieving the two-state solution, ending the occupation that started in 1967 and ending the conflict as envisaged by relevant resolutions of the Security Council are in the best interest of both Israelis and Palestinians.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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