Serry urges Israelis and Palestinians to refrain steps that could increase mistrustListen /
Both Israelis and Palestinians have been urged to refrain from steps that would increase mistrust and undermine the prospects for progress in the critical period ahead when bolder decisions are required to bridge the gaps towards a final status agreement.
The call comes from the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry during a briefing to the UN Security Council on the situation in the Middle East.
He says the parties are approaching another important timeline in the negotiations, namely, the third release of prisoners, scheduled for 29 December.
“There is good reason to be concerned about the fragile situation on the ground. Indeed, the current environment is far from conducive. Continued settlement activity cannot be reconciled with the goal f a two-state solution and is illegal under international law. The United Nations is further concerned about recurrent violence and incitement. “
Special Coordinator Robert Serrry noted that as this year comes to a close, the parties are engaged in a serious effort to implement their commitment to a negotiated two-state solution.
He said if both parties, with continued effective support by the international community, take the bold steps needed to see through what they started this year, we will reach in 2014 a moment of truth regarding a two-state solution.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.