"Status quo not sustainable' in the Middle East, warns UN political chief

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Jeffrey Feltman

The status quo in the Middle East is not sustainable and the situation in Gaza has come very close to the brink of another crisis according to the top United Nations political official.

The fragile ceasefire in Gaza has been threatened after dozens of rockets were fired at Israel last week.

Israel responded with its own attacks.

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said that this latest upsurge serves as yet another reminder that the international community must work together to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict and restore prospects for a durable peace throughout the region.

"This latest upsurge serves to underscore that the status quo is not sustainable. We are yet again approaching some decisive timelines. Leaders on both sides are confronted with difficult decisions. Public support for peace among Israelis and among Palestinians—Palestinians both in the West Bank and Gaza—will be tested. The international community's commitment to engage in these efforts on the basis of existing principles has remained steadfast."

Mr Feltman added that the UN Secretary-General remains convinced that a negotiated two-state solution is the best contribution to regional stability.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1'11''

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