UN finally sees movement on Israeli-Palestinian peace process

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Oscar Fernandez-Taranco

Despite an ever challenging regional environment we are finally observing long awaited movement on the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians in the form of direct negotiations.

The view was expressed Tuesday during a briefing to the Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East.

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco expressed the hope that such efforts mark a first opportunity to overcome the recent years of shared frustration at the political deadlock.

“Last week witnessed a promising opening in the efforts underway to develop a meaningful political initiative on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. We have now reached a decisive point. The test will be for both sides to go the distance and not disappoint their people. This is also the moment to translate our collective call for action into a shared sense of urgency as leaders on both sides must realize that this is an opening they cannot afford to lose.”

Assistant Secretary-General Fernandez-Taranco says it has long been the United Nations' belief that progress on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could have a positive impact on regional stability. And this has become all the more critical in recent weeks against the backdrop of such troubling developments elsewhere in the region.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’16″

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