UN envoy reports on meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officialsListen /
The UN envoy for the Middle East Peace Process held separate meetings on Wednesday with Israeli and Palestinian officials on the issue of settlements in the West Bank.
UN Special Coordinator Robert Serry said he understood from his discussions with Israel that the decision to plan a large number of settlement units has been stopped.
According to media reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Wednesday that he will scrap plans to build more than 20,000 new homes in the West Bank.
Serry also expressed deep concern over recent violent incidents, which he condemned.
He said at this sensitive moment, it is imperative to avoid negative actions and support ongoing talks to preserve the remaining chances of achieving a two-state solution.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.