Middle East Peace Process nears "defining moment": UN Political Chief

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Jeffrey Feltman

The Middle East peace process is nearing a defining moment, the UN Political Chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General and head of the Department of Political Affairs, was referring to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s role in addressing Israeli and Palestinian aspirations and concerns in a fair and balanced manner

He said Kerry's months' long work has opened a "credible political horizon" for achieving the two-state solution.

"Efforts deployed over the past seven months towards achieving a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli issue, in the form of a negotiated two-State solution, have come closer than at any point in recent time to making a real and much needed contribution to regional stability. It is therefore in our collective interest, as well as that of both the Israelis and the Palestinians, to invest in the success of this process, and ensure that it is credible and just for both parties."

For Palestinians, Feltman noted, a negotiated peace settlement holds the promise of becoming a fully recognized Member State of equal standing.

Meanwhile, for Israel, he added, only a negotiated two state solution will bring the country the security and recognition it deserves in the region and beyond.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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